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Jacob G. Ray, Ashley J. Johnson and Daniel A. Savin Self-assembly and responsiveness of polypeptide-based block copolymers: How “Smart” behavior and topological complexity yield unique assembly in aqueous media Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Article first published online: 12 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23259

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Peptide-based block copolymers self-assemble into a variety of pH and temperature-responsivenanostructures. Recent advances in the synthesis of these materials allow for control of molecular weight, and further allow modification to afford topologically complex molecules. This article gives an overview of some recent work in the aqueous self-assembly of peptide-based linear and star block copolymers. As the topological complexity increases, new equilibrium nanostructures and morphological transitions are accessible. (Artwork courtesy of James Goetz.)

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