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Themed collection Journal of Materials Chemistry B Emerging Investigators

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Open Access Review Article

Nucleic acids presenting polymer nanomaterials as vaccine adjuvants

Polymer nanomaterials in various shapes and sizes can be engineered to present nucleic acids and function as immune adjuvant.

Graphical abstract: Nucleic acids presenting polymer nanomaterials as vaccine adjuvants
Review Article

Photoluminescent and biodegradable porous silicon nanoparticles for biomedical imaging

A set of unique properties including biodegradability, intrinsic photoluminescence, and mesoporous structure allows porous silicon nanoparticles to address current challenges of translational nanomedicine, especially in biomedical imaging.

Graphical abstract: Photoluminescent and biodegradable porous silicon nanoparticles for biomedical imaging
Review Article

Biomaterial–tight junction interaction and potential impacts

Biomaterial–tight junction (TJ) interactions: analyses of the TJ structure and natural modulation, interaction mechanism, potential impact and measuring methods.

Graphical abstract: Biomaterial–tight junction interaction and potential impacts
Review Article

Mechanochemical engineering of 2D materials for multiscale biointerfaces

Atomically thin nanomaterials that are wrinkled or crumpled represent a unique paradigm for interfacing with biological systems due to their mechanical flexibility, exceptional interfacial area, and ease of chemical functionalization.

Graphical abstract: Mechanochemical engineering of 2D materials for multiscale biointerfaces
Communication

Mechanistic understanding of monovalent cation transport in eumelanin pigments

Recent research advances in charge-conducting materials have enabled the transformation of the naturally-occurring materials into crucial components in many technologies, including renewable energy storage devices or bioelectronics.

Graphical abstract: Mechanistic understanding of monovalent cation transport in eumelanin pigments
Communication

Double network hydrogels based on semi-rigid polyelectrolyte physical networks

Double network hydrogels are formulated from polyacrylamide hydrogels containing semi-rigid polyelectrolytes through post-polymerization immersion in multi-valent ion solutions.

Graphical abstract: Double network hydrogels based on semi-rigid polyelectrolyte physical networks
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Structural transitions and encapsulation selectivity of thermoresponsive polyelectrolyte complex micelles

Polyelectrolyte complex micelles containing thermoresponsive coronas can exhibit varying morphologies and encapsulate multivalently charged therapeutics for drug delivery applications.

Graphical abstract: Structural transitions and encapsulation selectivity of thermoresponsive polyelectrolyte complex micelles
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Translocation of soft phytoglycogen nanoparticles through solid-state nanochannels

Phytoglycogen nanoparticles are soft, naturally-derived nanomaterials with a highly uniform size near 35 nm.

Graphical abstract: Translocation of soft phytoglycogen nanoparticles through solid-state nanochannels
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Supramacromolecular injectable hydrogels by crystallization-driven self-assembly of carbohydrate-conjugated poly(2-isopropyloxazoline)s for biomedical applications

An approach for the fabrication of self-healing injectable hydrogels based on the crystallization-driven self-assembly of carbohydrate-conjugated poly(2-isopropyloxazoline)s is demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Supramacromolecular injectable hydrogels by crystallization-driven self-assembly of carbohydrate-conjugated poly(2-isopropyloxazoline)s for biomedical applications
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Switchable modulation of bacterial growth and biofilm formation based on supramolecular tripeptide amphiphiles

A minimalistic dual-responsive supramolecular tripeptide system was developed for switchable control of bacterial growth and biofilm formation.

Graphical abstract: Switchable modulation of bacterial growth and biofilm formation based on supramolecular tripeptide amphiphiles
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Computational studies of shape control of charged deformable nanocontainers

Simulations show electrostatic interactions drive novel shape transitions in deformable nanocontainers under different environmental solution conditions.

Graphical abstract: Computational studies of shape control of charged deformable nanocontainers
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Preventing fungal growth on heritage paper with antifungal and cellulase inhibiting magnesium oxide nanoparticles

Magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NPs) as a colourless antifungal treatment with anti-cellulase activity to prevent biodeterioration of paper-based heritage objects.

Graphical abstract: Preventing fungal growth on heritage paper with antifungal and cellulase inhibiting magnesium oxide nanoparticles
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Influence of chemical heterogeneity and microstructure on the corrosion resistance of biodegradable WE43 magnesium alloys

Future biodegradable Mg implants can be designed with enhanced corrosion resistance using microstructure control.

Graphical abstract: Influence of chemical heterogeneity and microstructure on the corrosion resistance of biodegradable WE43 magnesium alloys
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Oily core/amphiphilic polymer shell nanocapsules change the intracellular fate of doxorubicin in breast cancer cells

The aim of this work was to develop and test the in vitro biological activity of nanocapsules loaded with a doxorubicin (DOX) free base dissolved in a core of castor oil shelled by poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic anhydride) conjugated to n-octadecylamine residues.

Graphical abstract: Oily core/amphiphilic polymer shell nanocapsules change the intracellular fate of doxorubicin in breast cancer cells
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An immunochromatographic strip sensor for sildenafil and its analogues

A novel Sild hapten was successfully synthesized and a sensitive anti-Sild mAb was produced based on this hapten. The immunochromatographic assay (ICA) allowed qualitative and quantitative detection of Sild and its analogues in food samples within 15 min. The ICA was successfully applied to real samples and showed a good correlation with ic-ELISA.

Graphical abstract: An immunochromatographic strip sensor for sildenafil and its analogues
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About this collection

Journal of Materials Chemistry B is proud to present this themed issue highlighting 2019’s rising stars of materials chemistry research. This issue gathers the very best work from materials chemists in the early stages of their independent career.

Each contributor was recommended by experts in their fields as carrying out work with the potential to influence future directions in materials chemistry. Congratulations to all of those who feature on their important work so far in the field of materials for biology and medicine.

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