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Building Polymers For the Future: Toward Multifunctional Synthetic Macromolecules Inspired By Nature’s Mechanisms of Action

Name
Jacques
Surname
Penelle
Scientific organization
National Center for Scientific Research - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Academic degree
PhD
Position
Research Director
Scientific discipline
Chemistry & Chemical technologies
Topic
Building Polymers For the Future: Toward Multifunctional Synthetic Macromolecules Inspired By Nature’s Mechanisms of Action
Abstract
The past few decades have witnessed a vast improvement in the development of methodological tools available to synthetic chemists in their efforts to design organic (macro)molecules of different sizes, shapes, topologies, architectures and fonctionalities. This presentation will describe how these advances can be exploited in the field of synthetic macromolecules, focusing on efforts aimed at imparting biological attributes to large synthetic molecular systems and have them “compete” with biopolymers.
Keywords
polymer science, synthesis, biomimetics, macromolecules
Summary

- A comparison between biomacromolecules and currently available synthetic macromolecules (and their respective modes of action) can be a powerful way to design "advanced" polymers that hopefully combine the best of the two worlds.

- It requires the development of strategies to incorporate key elements (e.g., folding units, recognition sites) used by biomacromolecules into synthetic macromolecules.

- A description of a few examples will be provided to illustrate the above concept.