Deconstruction and Reassembly of Renewable Polymers and Biocolloids into Next Generation Structured Materials

Blaise Tardy*, Bruno Dufau Mattos, Caio Gomide Otoni, Marco Beaumont, Johanna Majoinen, Tero Kämäräinen, Orlando Rojas Gaona*

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This review considers the most recent developments in supramolecular and supraparticle structures obtained from natural, renewable biopolymers as well as their disassembly and reassembly into engineered materials. We introduce the main interactions that control bottom-up synthesis and top-down design at different length scales, highlighting the promise of natural biopolymers and associated building blocks. The latter have become main actors in the recent surge of the scientific and patent literature related to the subject. Such developments make prominent use of multicomponent and hierarchical polymeric assemblies and structures that contain polysaccharides (cellulose, chitin, and others), polyphenols (lignins, tannins), and proteins (soy, whey, silk, and other proteins). We offer a comprehensive discussion about the interactions that exist in their native architectures (including multicomponent and composite forms), the chemical modification of polysaccharides and their deconstruction into high axial aspect nanofibers and nanorods. We reflect on the availability and suitability of the latter types of building blocks to enable superstructures and colloidal associations. As far as processing, we describe the most relevant transitions, from the solution to the gel state and the routes that can be used to arrive to consolidated materials with prescribed properties. We highlight the implementation of supramolecular and superstructures in different technological fields that exploit the synergies exhibited by renewable polymers and biocolloids integrated in structured materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14088-14188
Number of pages101
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number22
Early online date20 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


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