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Protein-based materials: from sources to innovative sustainable materials for biomedical applications

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Abstract

Proteins display an essential role in numerous natural systems due to their structural and biological properties. Given their unique properties, proteins have been thoroughly investigated in the last few decades, offering a myriad of solutions for the development of innovative biomaterials, including films, foams, composites and gels, in particular for biomedical applications such as drug delivery systems, biosensors and scaffolds for tissue regeneration. In this context, this review intends to give a general overview of the potential of protein based materials within the sustainable polymers context, covering aspects ranging from protein types, selection/isolation to properties of protein based (nano)materials and biomedical applications, passing through preparation methodologies of materials.

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Submitted
30 Jan 2014
Accepted
24 Mar 2014
First published
08 May 2014

J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014,2, 3715-3740
Article type
Feature Article

Protein-based materials: from sources to innovative sustainable materials for biomedical applications

N. H. C. S. Silva, C. Vilela, I. M. Marrucho, C. S. R. Freire, C. Pascoal Neto and A. J. D. Silvestre, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014, 2, 3715
DOI: 10.1039/C4TB00168K

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