Making “smart polymers” smarter: Modern concepts to regulate functions in polymer science

Authors

  • Hans G. Börner,

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    1. Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany
    • Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1, Potsdam D-14476, Germany
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  • Hans Kühnle,

    1. Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany
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  • Jens Hentschel

    1. Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Frederick Reines Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
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Abstract

This highlight summarizes recent attempts and advances of macromolecular sciences to abstract the biological concept of regulation and import it into synthetic polymer systems. The differences of “responsive switching” exploited in smart polymers and “regulation” present in the biological world of proteins are evident. Therefore, the biomimetic regulation might advance the possibilities of polymer science beyond these of established “smart polymers” and makes precise regulation of functions through signaling events, signal transduction and even complex regulative circuits possible. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 48: 1–14, 2010

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