Special Issue "Sequence-Controlled Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Christopher Serpell
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Guest Editor
School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Interests: sequenced polymers; self-assembly; biomolecules; chemical nanotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sequence is a concept which transforms matter into information. Inspired both by the unparalleled deployment of nucleic acids and proteins in nature and the ever-increasing use of digital data in the modern world, materials which incorporate elements of sequences are gaining enormous interest. From the exploitation of biological sequence-bearing systems in DNA nanotechnology and protein engineering and the synthesis and application of non-natural sequence oligomers, to encoding of data in molecular libraries, and creation of materials sequenced at larger length-scales, there are a myriad of routes to exploit the temporal and spatial anisotropy offered by sequence integration.

This Special Issue will present contributions from all areas of materials in which sequence—understood broadly—is incorporated. Articles on the themes of writing (synthesis), reading (characterization), and editing (post-synthetic modification) of sequence-defined molecules will be welcomed, alongside topics relating to higher-order structure and function, emergent properties, and applications. This list is not exhaustive—other contributions which highlight the role of sequence in materials are warmly invited. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcomed.

Dr. Christopher Serpell
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • sequence-controlled polymers
  • peptides
  • proteins
  • oligonucleotides
  • DNA-encoded libraries
  • foldamers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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