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    Capturing “Extraordinary” Soft-Assembled Charge-Like Polypeptides as a Strategy for Nanocarrier Design

    Aroa Duro-Castano, Vicent J. Nebot, Amaya Niño-Pariente, Ana Armiñán, Juan J. Arroyo-Crespo, Alison Paul, Natalia Feiner-Gracia, Lorenzo Albertazzi and María J. Vicent

    Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201702888

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    An “extraordinary” mechanism for charge-like association enables self-assembled anionic polypeptidic nanocarriers to be constructed. Covalent capture of these highly dynamic assemblies allows unprecedented architectures to be accessed. Their evaluation in relevant biological settings reveals a dramatically enhanced cell uptake, blood half-life, and accumulation in lymph nodes, promising features for drug delivery in cancer treatment and immunotherapy.

  2. Conducting Polymer Microcups for Organic Bioelectronics and Drug Delivery Applications

    Martin Antensteiner, Milad Khorrami, Fatemeh Fallahianbijan, Ali Borhan and Mohammad Reza Abidian

    Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201702576

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    An ideal neural device enables long-term, sensitive, and selective bidirectional communications with neurons. The material interface should mimic the biophysical and biochemical properties of neural tissue. This study reports a method for the fabrication of monodisperse conducting polymer microcups. It is demonstrated that the physical surface properties of conducting polymer microcups can be precisely modulated to control electrical properties and drug-loading/release characteristics.

  3. Smart Bioinspired Nanochannels and their Applications in Energy-Conversion Systems

    Ruirui Li, Xia Fan, Zhaoyue Liu and Jin Zhai

    Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201702983

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    Smart bioinspired nanochannels, exhibiting similar ion-transport properties to biological ion channels, can be used as switches to regulate mass transport and energy conversion. Recent research into the design and preparation of smart bioinspired nanochannels is presented, and their applications in energy-conversion systems are also discussed.

  4. Freeze Casting for Assembling Bioinspired Structural Materials

    Qunfeng Cheng, Chuanjin Huang and Antoni P. Tomsia

    Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703155

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    Freeze casting is an efficient technique for assembling lamellar scaffolds with different nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles, nanofibers, and nanosheets. These scaffolds can be further constructed into nacre-like structural materials with promising applications in many fields, such as aerospace, aeronautics, transport, and biomedical engineering.

  5. Multishelled CaO Microspheres Stabilized by Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 for Enhanced CO2 Capture Performance

    Andac Armutlulu, Muhammad Awais Naeem, Hsueh-Ju Liu, Sung Min Kim, Agnieszka Kierzkowska, Alexey Fedorov and Christoph R. Müller

    Version of Record online: 22 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201702896

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    CaO-based CO2 sorbents featuring a high CO2 uptake (0.55 gCO2 gsorbent−1) are developed via a template-assisted synthesis approach. The highly porous, nanostructured multishelled morphology is stabilized by an ultrathin film of Al2O3 grown by atomic layer deposition. The capacity retention is 89.9% after 30 operation cycles.

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