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Special Issue "Marine Biomimetics"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Marcin Wysokowski

Institute of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology, Poznań University of Technology, Berdychowo 4, 60965 Poznań, Poland
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Interests: marine biomaterials; biominerals; biocomposites; extreme biomimetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advances in structural biology, biochemistry, biomineralization, genomics, proteomics, and material sciences have resulted in the rapid development of biomimetics as a powerful scientific direction, oriented at solving technological challenges and the development of new nature-inspired technologies. Due to diversity of marine invertebrates and vertebrates, remarkable functional properties of their nano-organized, biomineralized structures seem to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for modern materials science and biomaterial design. Especially, where there is strong interest in the combination of various inorganic nano-organized structures with biomacromolecules, including self-assembly and templating activity of diverse organic scaffolds. On the other hand, non-mineralized structures like byssus and related DOPA-based polymers are excellent examples for the development of bioinspired-adhesives.

This Special Issue of Marine Drugs will highlight the importance of diverse marine organisms as a renewable source of biopolymers and biocomposite-containing structures which can be used for inspiration in widely-understood modern biomimetics. Bio-inspiration is, not only oriented to the observation of natural structures alone, but also requires a thorough investigation of structure–function relationships in biological materials. Therefore, this Special Issue will collect novel research papers and original reviews focusing on creation of advanced bioinspired technologies inspired by marine organisms.

I am looking forward for your input.

Dr. Marcin Wysokowski
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Chitin
  • Chitosan
  • Collagen
  • Calcification
  • Diatoms
  • Scaffolds
  • Sponges
  • Spongin
  • Biocomposites
  • Biofouling
  • Biopolymers
  • Biomimetics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biosilica
  • Biomineralization
  • Bioadhesives
  • Hydrogels
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Robotics

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Open AccessArticle Synthesis of Poly(norbornene-methylamine), a Biomimetic of Chitosan, by Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP)
Mar. Drugs 2017, 15(7), 223; doi:10.3390/md15070223
Received: 12 June 2017 / Revised: 5 July 2017 / Accepted: 9 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
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ROMP is an effective method for preparing functional polymers due to its having characteristics of “living” polymerization and rapid development of catalysts. In the present work, poly(norbornene-methylamine), a mimic of chitosan, was synthesized via ROMP reaction. The amino-protected product, 5-norbornene-2-(N-methyl)-phthalimide, was
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ROMP is an effective method for preparing functional polymers due to its having characteristics of “living” polymerization and rapid development of catalysts. In the present work, poly(norbornene-methylamine), a mimic of chitosan, was synthesized via ROMP reaction. The amino-protected product, 5-norbornene-2-(N-methyl)-phthalimide, was prepared by a reaction of 5-norbornene-2-methylamine with phthalic anhydride, which was then subjected to the ROMP reaction in the presence of Hoveyda-Grubbs 2nd catalyst to afford poly(norbornene-(N-methyl)-phthalimide). The target product, poly(norbornene-methylamine), was obtained by deprotection reaction of poly(norbornene-(N-methyl)-phthalimide). The products in each step were characterized by FTIR and 1H-NMR, and their thermal stabilities were determined by TG analysis. The effects of molar ratio between monomer ([M]/[I]) and catalyst on the average relative molecular weight ( M n ¯ ) and molecular weight distribution of the produced polymer products were determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). It was found that the M n ¯ of poly(norbornene-(N-methyl)-phthalimide) was controllable and exhibited a narrow polydispersity index (PDI) (~1.10). The synthesis condition of 5-norbornene-2-(N-methyl)-phthalimide was optimized by determining the yields at different reaction temperatures and reaction times. The highest yield was obtained at a reaction temperature of 130 °C and a reaction time of 20 min. Our work provides a new strategy to synthesize polymers with controllable structures and free –NH2 groups via ROMP. Full article
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