Macromolecular Rapid Communications

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June 24, 2010

Polymer Conjugates: Chemistry Meets Biology

Polymer Conjugates: Chemistry Meets Biology

Harm-Anton Klok

Biological-synthetic polymer conjugates covalently combine one or more copies of a biomacromolecule (e.g., a peptide sequence) with one or more elements of a synthetic polymer. These hybrid materials allow the synergistical combination of the properties of these different classes of materials and serve to overcome some of their limitations. Although the first peptide-polymer conjugate was already reported in the 50s more recent advances in controlled polymerization techniques and the development of novel and improved chemoselective coupling strategies have pushed this area further ahead lately. This special series on polymer conjugates guest-edited by Harm-Anton Klok (Lausanne, Switzerland), which will publish invited articles from leading scientists, will hopefully further stimulate research in this exciting field.

Macromol. Rapid Commun., DOI: 10.1002/marc.201000182

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