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Functional Protein Materials: Beyond Elastomeric and Structural Proteins


In the past two decades researchers have shown great interest in mimicking biological structures and their complex structure-property relationships that have evolved from a small number of chemically similar building blocks. The great strides in this field are evident in bio-inspired materials and structures that are making their way into commercial products. Among natural biopolymers, proteins provide a versatile building block with inherent structural and functional complexity that is unmatched by synthetic materials. Herein, we review recent strategies to influence the self-assembly of protein materials whose hierarchical structure may prove useful in a variety of applications, for example in soft-robotics and energy storage.

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The article was received on 02 Mar 2019, accepted on 30 Apr 2019 and first published on 06 May 2019

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C9PY00337A
Polym. Chem., 2019, Accepted Manuscript

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    Functional Protein Materials: Beyond Elastomeric and Structural Proteins

    N. A. Carter and T. Z. Grove, Polym. Chem., 2019, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9PY00337A

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