Designer self-assembling peptide materials for diverse applications

Charlotte A.E. Hauser, Shuguang Zhang

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Macromolecuar chemistry and polymer science have had an enormous impact in many areas of science, engineering, medicine and our daily life. It has not only changed our way of life forever, but also continuously to improve our living standard. Macromolecuar chemistry now also encompasses bioengineering, biomimetics, designer biological materials and nanobiotechnology. Here we summarize a few classes of short peptides that we discovered and invented with broad applications including 3D tissue cell culture, reparative and regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, slow drug release, stabilization of membrane proteins for develop nanobiotechnology and molecular devices. Molecular design using short peptides as new materials will play increasingly important role in biomedical research, nanobiotechnology, clinical science and medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-48
Number of pages19
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D cell cultures
  • Ionic self-complementary peptides
  • Lipid-like peptides
  • Molecular self-assembly
  • Stabilizing membrane proteins
  • Tissue regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


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