Protein–Polymer Hybrid Amphiphiles

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Biohybrid amphiphiles composed of a protein head group and a hydrophobic polymer tail self-assemble in water in a similar way as low molecular weight surfactants. Owing to the presence of the protein, biohybrid amphiphiles, and their assemblies, however, hold the additional feature of a built-in (bio)functionality. These compounds therefore are promising building blocks for the synthesis of functional nanometer-sized materials. We discuss recent advances in the relatively young field of protein–polymer hybrid amphiphiles, which so far mainly involved exploratory and fundamental studies providing a conceptual basis for the development of more complex systems with interesting applications in the future.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)3953-3957
JournalAdvanced materials
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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