Self-Assembly of Biomimetic Copolymer Polycaprolactone through Mediated Hydrogen-Bonding Interaction
Supramolecular self-assembly continues to be one of the most studied subjects in polymer science due to the interesting physical properties and the wide potential applications. The origin of current research on multiple hydrogen bonding motifs can be found in nature with the nucleobase pairs of DNA (for the use of nucleobases as supramolecular motifs in synthetic systems). The widespread occurrence of these base pairs in natural systems makes them readily available starting materials. Inspired by natural systems, chemists have explored the use of non-covalent interactions for the construction of supramolecular polymers resulting in responsive materials with properties that can be changed by varying the environmental parameters, such as temperature, PH, redox state or concentration. Thus, synthetic materials that change properties in response to local environmental stimuli with very similar attributes are often prepared for a broad range of biomedical applications.
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