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Polymerizable Amphiphilic Block Copolymers: From Nanostructured Hydrogels to Nanoreactors and Ultrathin Films

Nardin, Corinne and Meier, Wolfgang. (2001) Polymerizable Amphiphilic Block Copolymers: From Nanostructured Hydrogels to Nanoreactors and Ultrathin Films. Chimia, 55 (3). pp. 142-146.

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Abstract

Self-assembly of reactive amphiphilic block copolymers is used to prepare nanostructured hydrogels with exceptional permeability properties, vesicular structures and planar, freestanding membranes in aqueous solution. Although the underlying block copolymer membranes are two to three times thicker than conventional lipid bilayers they can be regarded as a mimetic of biological membranes and can be used as a matrix for membrane spanning proteins. Surprisingly the proteins remain functional despite the extreme thickness of the membranes and even after polymerization of the reactive block copolymers. The unique combination of block copolymers with membrane proteins allows the preparation of mechanically stable, defect-free membranes and nanocapsules that have highly selective permeability and/or specific recognition sites. This is documented by some representative examples.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Makromolekulare Chemie (Meier)
UniBasel Contributors:Meier, Wolfgang P.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft
ISSN:0009-4293
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:19 Mar 2020 09:30

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