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Current Research on Polyelectrolyte Nanostructures: From Molecular Interactions to Biomedical Applications

Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 11635 Athens, Greece
Academic Editor: Luis Alves
Received: 26 April 2021 / Revised: 17 May 2021 / Accepted: 19 May 2021 / Published: 24 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers in Nanocarrier Systems)
Polyelectrolytes have been at the center of interdisciplinary research for many decades. In the field of polymer science and soft matter, they have provided the dimensions of electrostatic interactions, which opens a vast variety of opportunities for new physical properties and applications. In biological matter, polyelectrolytes are present in many forms, from extracellular polysaccharides to complex DNA molecules and proteins. This review discusses the recent research on polyelectrolytes covering the fundamental level of their conformations and nanostructures, their molecular interactions with materials that have close relevance to bioapplications and their applications in the biomedical field. This approach is motivated by the fact that the polyelectrolyte research is constantly active in all the aforementioned levels and continually affects many critical scientific areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: electrostatic interactions; hydrophobicity; nanoparticles; complexes; hydrogels; polysaccharides; proteins; drug delivery; tissue engineering electrostatic interactions; hydrophobicity; nanoparticles; complexes; hydrogels; polysaccharides; proteins; drug delivery; tissue engineering
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Papagiannopoulos, A. Current Research on Polyelectrolyte Nanostructures: From Molecular Interactions to Biomedical Applications. Macromol 2021, 1, 155-172. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/macromol1020012

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Papagiannopoulos A. Current Research on Polyelectrolyte Nanostructures: From Molecular Interactions to Biomedical Applications. Macromol. 2021; 1(2):155-172. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/macromol1020012

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