Elastin Bioelastomers for Microactuation
Final rept. 1 Jan 1999-31 Dec 2002
DUKE UNIV DURHAM NC DEPT OF BIOMEDICALENGINEERING
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Stimuli-responsive elastin-like polypeptides ELPs with controlled polymer architectures were synthesized by recombinant DNA techniques, and the structure-property relationships and force transduction in crosslinked gels of these biopolymers were investigated as a function of their phase transition behavior. These studies provide design rules for the rational fabrication of ELP-based microactuators that function in aqueous environment to meet ONR objectives.
- Polymer Chemistry