Special Issue "Gels from the Self-Assembling of Peptide-Based Compounds"
A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: structure of synthetic polymers; development of biodegradable polymers; study of nanocomposites; polymer physics; polymer crystallization
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A great number of applications are, nowadays, derived from the self-assembly of peptide-based materials. Basically, peptides have peculiar features derived from the presence of amide groups able to establish strong intermolecular hydrogen-bonding interactions and side-chain groups able to render a highly variable functionality.
The self-assembling of low molecular weight peptides can lead to new hydrogels, which can be considered as protein-mimetic materials. Therefore, specific characteristics such as responsiveness, functionality and structural versatility can be expected, opening an immense field of cutting-edge applications. The low molecular weight of peptides gives rise to interesting characteristics as an easy synthesis and purification together with a high capacity to tune the final properties of materials. Nevertheless, it is still difficult to achieve the great efficiency of proteins since these have followed a process of natural selection during the evolution of the species.
This Special Issue of Gels aims to discuss, collect and offer recent highlights and advances on gels derived from the self-assembling of peptides. To this end, the progress on the development of self-assembling peptide compounds, the study of their structural organization, the evaluation of the responsiveness under different external stimuli (i.e., pH, temperature, concentration, intermolecular non-covalent interactions) and the study of applications in biomedicine, catalysis and materials science are some of the specific topics that should be considered.Prof. Dr. Jordi Puiggalí
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- Amino acids
- Protein-mimetic materials
- Functional groups
- Supramolecular hydrogels
- Materials science
- Gels from the Self-Assembling of Peptide-Based Compounds 2.0 in Gels (1 article)