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Enzyme-Responsive Materials: Chirality to Program Polymer Reactivity


  • This work was supported by the Marie Curie Action EIF program “Enzymatic Approach to Chiral Multifunctional Materials for Advanced Applications” (EnzyMat; C.J.D. contract no. MEIF-CT-2006-039256).


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A programmed response: Enzyme-responsive materials have been prepared from enzymatically synthesized, enantiomerically pure monomers. The extent of the material's response is encoded within its chiral makeup. This code can be effectively read out by an enzymatic process, which leads to a change in the thermal properties of the material. The picture shows esterification of chiral alcohol groups on a polymer backbone (green) with vinyl acetate (red).

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