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Amino acid-derived stimuli-responsive polymers and their applications

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Natural biopolymers such as proteins and nucleic acids in living organisms possess an inherent ability to respond to local environmental stimuli, which motivated researchers to make biomolecule-derived non-biological macromolecules with a biomimetic structure having stimuli-responsive properties. This review mainly focuses on stimuli-responsive polymers having natural amino acid units either in the main-chain or in the side-chain, their self-assembled nanostructures and hydrogel networks. Recent advances in the design and synthesis of amino acid-derived polymers that are responsive to various physical, chemical, or biochemical stimuli such as temperature, light, pH, redox-, metal ions, gas, glucose, enzyme, proteins, DNA or a combination of these are illustrated. Their potential for use as stimuli-responsive “smart” nanomaterials in biomedical and biotechnological applications such as in controlled drug delivery, gene delivery, non-fouling materials, etc. is also highlighted. The primary aim of this review article is to motivate researchers towards the design and synthesis of novel stimuli-responsive biohybrid materials for making next generation smart materials.

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The article was received on 01 Dec 2017, accepted on 30 Jan 2018 and first published on 30 Jan 2018

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY02014G
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2018,9, 1257-1287
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    Amino acid-derived stimuli-responsive polymers and their applications

    K. Bauri, M. Nandi and P. De, Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 1257
    DOI: 10.1039/C7PY02014G

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