Peptides and Peptide Mimetics. A Galaxy of Properties and Applications
Peptides and peptide mimetics are an exciting and growing class of versatile molecules. Their chemical and structural diversity makes them capable of performing an unimaginable variety of tasks, from protein- and cell-binding, to stimuli-responsive phase transitions in solution, to complexing metals, and so on. They are easy to synthesize, relatively cheap, and fun to work with. In one talk, it is not possible to cover it all, but I will present a selection of three topics that I hope will resonate with your expertise, that is affinity ligands for protein purification, biorecognition moieties with mechanically-editable binding strength, light-controlled cell binding/unbinding, and model thermo-responsive poly-peptides.