Supramolecular polymers in aqueous media

Elisha Krieg, Maartje M C Bastings, Pol Besenius, Boris Rybtchinski

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Abstract

This review discusses one-dimensional supramolecular polymers that form in aqueous media. First, naturally occurring supramolecular polymers are described, in particular, amyloid fibrils, actin filaments, and microtubules. Their structural, thermodynamic, kinetic, and nanomechanical properties are highlighted, as well as their importance for the advancement of biologically inspired supramolecular polymer materials. Second, five classes of synthetic supramolecular polymers are described: systems based on (1) hydrogen-bond motifs, (2) large φ-conjugated surfaces, (3) host-guest interactions, (4) peptides, and (5) DNA. We focus on recent studies that address key challenges in the field, providing mechanistic understanding, rational polymer design, important functionality, robustness, or unusual thermodynamic and kinetic properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2414-2477
Number of pages64
JournalChemical Reviews
Volume116
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 4 2016

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Polymers
Thermodynamics
Kinetics
Amyloid
Actins
Hydrogen bonds
Peptides
DNA

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Supramolecular polymers in aqueous media. / Krieg, Elisha; Bastings, Maartje M C; Besenius, Pol; Rybtchinski, Boris.

In: Chemical Reviews, Vol. 116, No. 4, 04.01.2016, p. 2414-2477.

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Krieg, E, Bastings, MMC, Besenius, P & Rybtchinski, B 2016, 'Supramolecular polymers in aqueous media', Chemical Reviews, vol. 116, no. 4, pp. 2414-2477. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00369
Krieg, Elisha ; Bastings, Maartje M C ; Besenius, Pol ; Rybtchinski, Boris. / Supramolecular polymers in aqueous media. In: Chemical Reviews. 2016 ; Vol. 116, No. 4. pp. 2414-2477.
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