Protein-Like Structure and Activity in Synthetic Polymers

Academic Article


  • ABSTRACTThe structure and activity of proteins is the gold standard for functional polymeric materials. This highlight seeks to calibrate the reader with respect to recent attempts to mimic the various structural and functional traits of proteins using the techniques of modern polymer chemistry. From advances in sequence‐controlled polymers (primary structure), to peptidomimetics, foldamers, single‐chain nanoparticles (secondary and tertiary structure), accessing the various structural aspects of protein chemistry is a vibrant research area. Likewise, the properties and utility of proteins in applications such as catalysis and molecular recognition are being emulated in the laboratory to great effect. Rather than provide an exhaustive review on any one of these topics, this article seeks to highlight the common thread among them, encouraging discussion and collaboration that will result in the next generation of smart materials with advanced structure and function. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2017, 55, 191–206
  • Authors

  • Cole, Justin P
  • Hanlon, Ashley M
  • Rodriguez, Kyle J
  • Berda, Erik
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2017
  • Has Subject Area


  • biomimetic
  • catalysis
  • enzyme mimics
  • enzymes
  • foldamers
  • peptidomimetics
  • polymer self-assembly
  • polymers
  • protein mimics
  • proteins
  • self assembly
  • sequence-controlled polymers
  • single-chain nanoparticles
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 191
  • End Page

  • 206
  • Volume

  • 55
  • Issue

  • 2