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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(9), 1901; doi:10.3390/ijms18091901

The Supramolecular Buildup of Eumelanin: Structures, Mechanisms, Controllability

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Biobased and Bioinspired Materials, Department of Chemistry, Paderborn University, 33098 Paderborn, Germany
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Department of Physical Chemistry, Paderborn University, 33098 Paderborn, Germany
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Received: 15 August 2017 / Revised: 29 August 2017 / Accepted: 29 August 2017 / Published: 6 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Melanin Based Functional Materials)
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Abstract

Research on the supramolecular buildup of eumelanin has gained high momentum in the last years. Several new aspects regarding the involved structures and mechanisms have been established, which has led to a better understanding of the entire process. This review intends to provide a clearly laid-out summary of previous and new findings regarding structures, mechanisms, and controllability. With respect to materials applications, the aspect of controllability is of supreme importance. A focus of this review is therefore set on a novel method with high potential for specific synthesis of various, isolated particle morphologies. Finally, open questions and possibilities for their elucidation are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: melanin; enzymes; supramolecular structure; nanoparticles; autodeposition melanin; enzymes; supramolecular structure; nanoparticles; autodeposition
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Büngeler, A.; Hämisch, B.; Strube, O.I. The Supramolecular Buildup of Eumelanin: Structures, Mechanisms, Controllability. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 1901.

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