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Polymers 2015, 7(11), 2344-2370;

Switchable Materials Containing Polyzwitterion Moieties

Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, 2713 Doha, Qatar
Chemistry Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 845 38 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Academic Editor: Carsten Werner
Received: 8 September 2015 / Revised: 2 November 2015 / Accepted: 12 November 2015 / Published: 20 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Functional Polymers for Medical Applications)
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In recent decades, the design and construction of smart materials capable of switching into a polyzwitterionic state by an external trigger have been intensively pursued. Polyzwitterionic states have unique antifouling and surface properties and external triggers, such as pH, light, ions, electric field and CO2, cause significant changes in materials with regard to overall charge, ionic strength and wettability. This survey highlights current progress in the irreversible as well as the reversible switching process involving polyzwitterionic moieties, which can, in turn, be applied to studying the interaction of various interfaces with biological species as protein, DNA, bacteria or platelets and also for advanced use. View Full-Text
Keywords: responsive materials; polycarboxybetaines; carboxybetaine ester; smart polymers; polyzwitterion responsive materials; polycarboxybetaines; carboxybetaine ester; smart polymers; polyzwitterion

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Ilčíková, M.; Tkáč, J.; Kasák, P. Switchable Materials Containing Polyzwitterion Moieties. Polymers 2015, 7, 2344-2370.

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