Biomimetic Block Copolymer Membranes

Malinova, Violeta and Belegrinou, Serena and de Bruin Ouboter, Dirk and Meier, Wolfgang. (2010) Biomimetic Block Copolymer Membranes. In: Polymer Membranes/Biomembranes. Heidelberg, pp. 87-111.

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Amphiphilic block copolymer membranes, classified as vesicles, are nano-aggregates receiving a lot of scientific interest due to their wide range of potential applications extending from biomedicine (e.g., drug delivery, imaging, nanoreactors) to material science (biosensors, electronics). This chapter summarizes the principles of vesicle formation, various membrane-forming copolymer systems and their properties as well as common techniques for vesicle preparation and characterization. Copolymer membranes with responsiveness to external stimuli are particularly attractive for use in drug delivery and are, therefore, also discussed. In addition, the chapter reviews recent examples of vesicles encapsulating proteins, enzymes and therapeutics as prospective systems for bio-applications.
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:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Series Name:Advances in Polymer Science
Issue Number:224
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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