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Seonki Hong, Yun Suk Na, Sunghwan Choi, In Taek Song, Woo Youn Kim and Haeshin Lee Non-Covalent Self-Assembly and Covalent Polymerization Co-Contribute to Polydopamine Formation Advanced Functional Materials 22

Version of Record online: 5 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201201156

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A physical, self-assembled trimer of (dopamine)2/5,6-dihydroxyindole (DHI) that exists in polydopamine, which has been known to be formed only by covalent polymerization, is reported. A different perspective of polydopamine formation is revealed where it forms in part by the self-assembly of dopamine and DHI, providing a new clue to understanding the structures of catecholamines such as melanin.

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