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Keywords:

  • hydrogels;
  • peptides;
  • redox chemistry;
  • selenium;
  • self-assembly
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Mimicking nature: The reversible formation of self-assembled nanostructures of selenium-containing peptides can be controlled by redox triggers (see scheme, VC=vitamin C). As a consequence, the catalytic activity of these peptides is switchable. These results should lead to the development of nature-mimicking smart materials with promising properties.