Elastin-based protein polymers

Peter James Baker, Jennifer S. Haghpanah, Jin Kim Montclare

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The synthesis of well-defined macromolecular structures with controlled properties is critical for the production of advanced materials for biological and industrial applications. Inspired by nature's ability to create proteins with exquisite control, we focus on the applications of elastin and elastin-derived polymers for materials design. The elucidation of elastin biochemical, conformational and physical properties offers insight into the fabrication of novel biomaterials. As part of this review, we highlight some of the recent advances that permit the generation of customized elastin-based polymers. These developments provide an added level of control vital to the future construction of tailor-made supramolecular structures with emergent physical, mechanical and biological properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer Biocatalysis and Biomaterials II
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780841269705
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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