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Diblock copolypeptoids: a review of phase separation, crystallization, self-assembly and biological applications

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Abstract

Polypeptoids are biocompatible, synthetically accessible, chemically and enzymatically stable, chemically diverse, and structurally controllable. As a bioinspired and biomimetic material, it has attracted considerable attention due to its great potential in biological applications including drug and gene delivery, sensing, imaging, molecular recognition, and anti-cancer therapy. Diblock copolypeptoids have especially been of increasing interest in the materials chemistry community because of their capacity to microphase separate and self-assemble to form a variety of nanoarchitectures. This review will discuss recent studies on diblock copolypeptoids regarding their synthesis, microphase separation, crystallization, self-assembly, and biological applications.

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Submitted
20 Feb 2020
Accepted
01 May 2020
First published
07 May 2020

J. Mater. Chem. B, 2020, Advance Article
Article type
Review Article

Diblock copolypeptoids: a review of phase separation, crystallization, self-assembly and biological applications

S. Xuan and R. N. Zuckermann, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0TB00477D

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