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R. Wódzki

Polymers in the biomimetic membrane chemistry

Polimery 1996, No 7-8, 426

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.1996.426


The separation ability of polymer and liquid membranes can be related to their reactive components of high affinity for the solutes to be transported and separated. This property, characteristic to biomembranes, can be reconstituted in synthetic membranes by applying the concepts of the mimetic membrane chemistry. As a result of advanced studies on the mechanisms of biomembrane transport and the role of macrobiomolecules in binding, conversion and transport of ions and organic substances, the contribution of polymer sciences to the mimetic membrane chemistry is becoming increasingly high. This paper sets out to review the main fields of biomimetic membranes, artificial lipid membranes, liquid membranes, synthetic ionic channels, and hierarchic biomimetic membrane systems.

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