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Minkyu Kim, Shengchang Tang and Bradley D. Olsen Physics of engineered protein hydrogels Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Version of Record online: 13 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23270

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Polymer hydrogels constructed from functional protein building blocks yield materials with novel biofunctional, stimuli-responsive, and tunable mechanical properties. Highlighted in this review is the recent research progress in understanding the physics of polymer networks containing protein domains and their effects on hydrogel mechanics and thermodynamics. The unique ability of proteins to control polymer association valency and orientation, polymer chain length, and polymer stress–strain response presents many new challenges in the engineering of protein gels.

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