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Folding and self-assembly of aromatic and aliphatic urea oligomers: Towards connecting structure and function

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Abstract

Folding and self-assembly of biomacromolecules has inspired the development of discrete, non-natural oligomers that fold and/or self-assemble in a controlled manner. Though aromatic and aliphatic oligoamides remain unmatched for structural diversity and synthetic versatility, oligomers based on amide bond surrogates, such as urea backbones, also demonstrated a propensity for folding and self-assembly. In this Perspective, we review the advances in the design of oligomeric aromatic and aliphatic urea sequences (essentially N,N-linked) that fold and/or self-assemble. Whenever applicable, the relationship between structure and function will be highlighted.

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Submitted
22 Jan 2010
Accepted
08 Apr 2010
First published
26 May 2010

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2010,8, 3101-3117
Article type
Perspective

Folding and self-assembly of aromatic and aliphatic urea oligomers: Towards connecting structure and function

L. Fischer and G. Guichard, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2010, 8, 3101
DOI: 10.1039/C001090A

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