Bio-Inspired Polymers: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 714

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School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
Interests: polymers; biopolymers; peptoids; antifreezing agents; stimuli responding; polymer synthesis; self-assembly

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Dear Colleagues,

Bio-inspired polymers represent a new class of synthetic materials that draw inspiration from natural biological systems to mimic their structures, properties, and functions. These polymers combine the advantages of synthetic polymers, i.e., they are highly designable and easy to access, and the unique characteristics of biomaterials, such as self-assembly, responsiveness to environmental stimuli, specific molecular recognition, etc. By mimicking the structures and functions of natural biological materials, bio-inspired polymers can offer improved biocompatibility, bioactivity, and specificity for targeted applications. Bio-inspired polymers have been receiving more and more attention for their wide range of applications in biomedicine, materials science, and environmental technology.

The Special Issue on “Bio-Inspired Polymers: Synthesis, Properties and Applications” invites original research articles, communications and reviews of a high quality. All topics related to bio-inspired polymers are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Li Guo
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • bio-inspired polymers
  • structure–property study
  • synthetic methods
  • biocompatible materials
  • biodegradable materials
  • smart polymers
  • molecular design
  • stimuli responding
  • characterization

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Preparation of Peptoid Antifreeze Agents and Their Structure–Property Relationship
by Kang Yang, Di Liu, Lei Feng, Liugen Xu, Yangang Jiang, Xiran Shen, Amjad Ali, Jianwei Lu and Li Guo
Polymers 2024, 16(7), 990; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16070990 - 4 Apr 2024
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The development of nontoxic and efficient antifreeze agents for organ cryopreservation is crucial. However, the research remains highly challenging. In this study, we designed and synthesized a series of peptoid oligomers using the solid-phase submonomer synthesis method by mimicking the amphiphilic structures of [...] Read more.
The development of nontoxic and efficient antifreeze agents for organ cryopreservation is crucial. However, the research remains highly challenging. In this study, we designed and synthesized a series of peptoid oligomers using the solid-phase submonomer synthesis method by mimicking the amphiphilic structures of antifreeze proteins (AFPs). The obtained peptoid oligomers showed excellent antifreeze properties, reducing the ice crystal growth rate and inhibiting ice recrystallization. The effects of the hydrophobicity and sequence of the peptoid side chains were also studied to reveal the structure–property relationship. The prepared peptoid oligomers were detected as non-cytotoxic and considered to be useful in the biological field. We hope that the peptoid oligomers presented in this study can provide effective strategies for the design of biological cryoprotectants for organ preservation in the future. Full article
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