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Biomimetics, Volume 4, Issue 1 (March 2019) – 28 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Histidine–zinc metal coordination interactions are known to be responsible for the exceptional [...] Read more. Histidine–zinc metal coordination interactions are known to be responsible for the exceptional toughness and self-healing capacity of natural materials such as the mussel byssus. This example of biogenic healing is an important archetype for the design of artificial self-healing materials featuring the ability to repair mechanical damage through reversible breaking and reformation of this supramolecular interaction. This review provides an overview of the current understanding of the biological role model, as well as the state-of-the-art developments in synthetic approaches to mimic its behavior in new materials, highlighting the impressive diversity of the zinc–histidine (imidazole) metal–ligand bonds. View this paper.