Peptide self-assembly for nanomaterials: the old new kid on the block
Peptide self-assembly is an increasingly attractive tool for nanomaterials. Perfected in biology peptide self-assembling systems have impacted on nearly any conceivable nanomaterial type. However, with all the information available to us commercialisation of peptide materials remains in its infancy. In an attempt to better understand the reasons behind this shortcoming we categorise peptide self-assembled materials in relation to their non-peptide counterparts. A particular emphasis is placed on the versatility of peptide self-assembly in terms of modularity, responsiveness and functional diversity, which enables direct comparisons with more traditional material chemistries.