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Themed collection Bioinspired Materials

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Editorial

Molecular design and engineering of biomimetic, bioinspired and biologically derived materials

Guest Editors Arthi Jayaraman and Amish Patel introduce this themed collection of papers showcasing the latest research on the molecular design and engineering of bioinspired, biological and/or biomimetic materials.

Graphical abstract: Molecular design and engineering of biomimetic, bioinspired and biologically derived materials
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Potentiating anti-cancer chemotherapeutics and antimicrobials via sugar-mediated strategies

This article reviews the design considerations behind sugar-mediated strategies for potentiating the efficacy of drugs/photosensitizers in cancer treatment, and antimicrobials.

Graphical abstract: Potentiating anti-cancer chemotherapeutics and antimicrobials via sugar-mediated strategies
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Modeling of stimuli-responsive nanoreactors: rational rate control towards the design of colloidal enzymes

Responsive polymer-based nanoreactors exhibit complex structure-property-function relationships which require multi-scale modeling and simulation approaches for optimal design and a further development towards 'colloidal enzymes'.

Graphical abstract: Modeling of stimuli-responsive nanoreactors: rational rate control towards the design of colloidal enzymes
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
Accepted Manuscript - Paper

Surface Forces and Stratification in Foam Films Formed with Bile Salts

From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Influence of immobilized cations on the thermodynamic signature of hydrophobic interactions at chemically heterogeneous surfaces

Hydrophobic interactions play a central role in bioinspired strategies for molecular self-assembly in water, yet how these interactions are encoded by chemically heterogeneous interfaces is poorly understood.

Graphical abstract: Influence of immobilized cations on the thermodynamic signature of hydrophobic interactions at chemically heterogeneous surfaces
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Predicting selectivity of paracellular pores for biomimetic applications

Systematic approach to predicting selectivity of paracellular pores for biomimetic applications.

Graphical abstract: Predicting selectivity of paracellular pores for biomimetic applications
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Development of transferable coarse-grained models of amino acids

We have developed transferable coarse-grained (CG) models of the twenty standard amino acids, which can be used to perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of peptide amphiphiles (PAs) in the presence of explicit solvent.

Graphical abstract: Development of transferable coarse-grained models of amino acids
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Effect of polymer–nanoparticle interactions on solvent-driven infiltration of polymer (SIP) into nanoparticle packings: a molecular dynamics study

Dynamics of polymer motion into solvent-filled interstices of nanoparticle packings can be controlled by tuning the polymer–nanoparticle interactions, whose effect on the rate of infiltration is non-monotonic as shown by MD simulations.

Graphical abstract: Effect of polymer–nanoparticle interactions on solvent-driven infiltration of polymer (SIP) into nanoparticle packings: a molecular dynamics study
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Impact of glutamate carboxylation in the adsorption of the α-1 domain of osteocalcin to hydroxyapatite and titania

Post-translational glutamate carboxylation in osteocalcin leads to changes in structural and thermodynamic behavior on titania and hydroxyapatite.

Graphical abstract: Impact of glutamate carboxylation in the adsorption of the α-1 domain of osteocalcin to hydroxyapatite and titania
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
Open Access Paper

Emergence of non-monotonic deep cavity cavitand assembly with increasing portal methylation

Using molecular simulations, we examine the emergence of non-monotonic deep-cavity cavitand assembly patterns into monomeric and dimeric complexes with alkanes of increasing length.

Graphical abstract: Emergence of non-monotonic deep cavity cavitand assembly with increasing portal methylation
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Kinetically controlled morphology in copolymer-based hydrogels crosslinked by crystalline nanodomains determines efficacy of ice inhibition

Zone annealing crystalline cross-linked hydrogels manipulates the nanostructure that controls anti-icing performance.

Graphical abstract: Kinetically controlled morphology in copolymer-based hydrogels crosslinked by crystalline nanodomains determines efficacy of ice inhibition
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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Sequence-dependent self-coacervation in high charge-density polyampholytes

Experiment and theory show how charge monomer sequence can be used to control self-coacervation in blocky polyampholytes.

Graphical abstract: Sequence-dependent self-coacervation in high charge-density polyampholytes
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Materials
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About this collection

Guest Editors: Professor Arthi Jayaraman (University of Delaware) and Professor Amish Patel (University of Pennsylvania)

This collection of papers showcases recent innovative, creative and cutting edge work using experimental, theoretical and/or computational techniques aimed at molecular design and engineering of bioinspired, biological and/or biomimetic materials. This includes understanding molecular-level interactions and phase behaviour to inspire the design of new biomaterials, and engineering of functional biomedical/biological devices based on molecular design principles.

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