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Future of Biomacromolecules at a Crossroads of Polymer Science and Biology

[2020.01.14, Tue 01:03] The Symposium entitled "The Future of Biomacromolecules at a Crossroads of Polymer Science and Biology" was designed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the BioMACROMOLECULES journal. The symposium "The Future of Biomacromolecules at a Crossroads of Polymer Science and Biology" was in harmony with the ACS meeting's general theme: "The Chemistry of Water". Michael Monteiro(6) presented research results on the synthesis of complex polymer architectures and their use in vaccine delivery and the delivery of siRNA. New methods developed for production of multifunctional polymer nanostructures such as nanoworms, nanorods, tadpoles, nanorattles, and torroids at high weight fractions of polymer using the temperature-directed morphology transformation method were discussed. Todd Hoare(8) described the work on exploiting the geometry and kinetics of dynamic hydrogel polymer precursor gelation to enable the formation of functional hydrogels. Polymer micelles of particular interest involved those which dynamically changed their properties due to sensitivity to chemical or physical stimuli, high efficacy and ensured safety. Phosphonium polymer networks prepared by ionic and covalent cross-linking approaches were found to exhibit interesting dynamic and self-healing behavior and were used for the incorporation of ionic drugs into the networks showing potential for therapeutic delivery vehicles. There is no doubt that building knowledge at the molecular level and designing new synthetic strategies and characterization techniques translated into remarkable scientific advances in the research being conducted at the interface of polymer and biological sciences.
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