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Polymers 2012, 4(3), 1399-1415; doi:10.3390/polym4031399
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A Systematic Study on the Self-Assembly Behaviour of Multi Component Fmoc-Amino Acid-Poly(oxazoline) Systems

1,*  and 2,*
Received: 9 May 2012 / Revised: 6 July 2012 / Accepted: 10 July 2012 / Published: 24 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Enzymes in Monomer and Polymer Synthesis)
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Abstract

We report a systematic study of a modular approach to create multi-component supramolecular nanostructures that can be tailored to be both enzyme and temperature responsive. Using a straightforward synthetic approach we functionalised a thermal responsive polymer, poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline), with fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl-amino acids that drive the self-assembly. Depending on the properties of appended amino acids, these polymers undergo substantial morphological changes in response to the catalytic action of alkaline phosphatase.
Keywords: responsive polymers; amino acids; enzyme responsive materials responsive polymers; amino acids; enzyme responsive materials
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Caponi, P.-F.; Ulijn, R.V. A Systematic Study on the Self-Assembly Behaviour of Multi Component Fmoc-Amino Acid-Poly(oxazoline) Systems. Polymers 2012, 4, 1399-1415.

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