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Shusheng Zhang and Zhibo Li Stimuli-responsive polypeptide materials prepared by ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Article first published online: 12 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23263

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Biodegradable, stimuli-responsive materials are highly desirable for biomedical applications. This article summarizes the most recent progresses on design, synthesis, and structure–property relationships of stimuli-responsive polypeptides prepared from ring-opening polymerization of N-carboxyanhydrides. These novel smart materials include thermo-responsive, redox responsive, photo-responsive, and biomolecule responsive polypeptides. Compared to conventional stimuli-responsive polymers, the properties of these polypeptides are not only determined by their chemical structure of monomers, but also rely on the secondary structure of materials.

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