Ilja K Voets

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In this review we present an overview of the literature on the co-assembly of neutral-ionic block, graft, and random copolymers with oppositely charged species in aqueous solution. Oppositely charged species include synthetic (co)polymers of various architectures, biopolymers - such as proteins, enzymes and DNA - multivalent ions, metallic nanoparticles,(More)
In natural systems, highly synergistic non-covalent interactions among biomolecular components exert mesoscopic control over hierarchical assemblies. We herein present a multicomponent self-assembly strategy to tune hierarchical supramolecular polymer architectures in water using highly affine and directional ureidopyrimidinone-poly(ethylene glycol)s(More)
Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are a unique class of proteins that bind to growing ice crystal surfaces and arrest further ice growth. AFPs have gained a large interest for their use in antifreeze formulations for water-based materials, such as foods, waterborne paints, and organ transplants. Instead of commonly used colligative antifreezes such as salts and(More)
We report on the size, shape, structure, and interactions of lysozyme in the ternary system lysozyme/DMSO/water at low protein concentrations. Three structural regimes have been identified, which we term the "folded" (0 < φ(DMSO) < 0.7), "unfolded" (0.7 ≤ φ(DMSO) < 0.9), and "partially collapsed" (0.9 ≤ φ(DMSO) < 1.0) regime. Lysozyme resides in a folded(More)
We describe the preparation of an injectable, biocompatible, and elastic segmented copolymer hydrogel for biomedical applications, with segmented hydrophobic bisurea hard segments and hydrophilic PEG segments. The segmented copolymers were obtained by the step growth polymerization of amino-terminated PEG and aliphatic diisocyanate. Due to their capacity(More)
The adsorption of mixed micelles of poly(4-(2-amino hydrochloride-ethylthio)-butylene)- block-poly(ethylene oxide), PAETB 49- b-PEO 212 and poly(4-(2-sodium carboxylate-ethylthio)-butylene)- block-poly(ethylene oxide), PCETB 47- b-PEO 212 on solid/liquid interfaces has been studied with light, X-ray, and neutron reflectometry. The structure of the adsorbed(More)
While a great deal of knowledge on the roles of hydrogen bonding and hydrophobicity in proteins have resulted in the creation of rationally designed and functional peptidic structures, the roles of these forces on purely synthetic supramolecular architectures in water have proven difficult to ascertain. Focusing on a 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxamide (BTA) based(More)
In aqueous solutions at room temperature, poly( N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide)- block-poly(ethylene oxide), P2MVP 38- b-PEO 211 and poly(acrylic acid)- block-poly(isopropyl acrylamide), PAA 55- b-PNIPAAm 88 spontaneously coassemble into micelles, consisting of a mixed P2MVP/PAA polyelectrolyte core and a PEO/PNIPAAm corona. These so-called complex(More)
Light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering experiments were performed on comicelles of several combinations of oppositely charged (block co)polymers in aqueous solutions. Fundamental differences between the internal structure of this novel type of micelle --termed complex coacervate core micelle (C3Ms), polyion complex (PIC) micelle, block ionomer(More)