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Self-assembly Mechanisms in Plant Cell Wall Components

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This review on self-assembly in biological fibrous composites presents theory and simulation to elucidate the principles and mechanisms that govern the thermodynamics, material science, and rheology of biological anisotropic soft matter that are involved in the growth/self-assembly/material processing of these materials. Plant cell wall, a multi-layered biological fibrous composite, is presented as a model biological system to investigate self-assembly mechanisms in nature's material synthesis. In order to demonstrate the universality of the presented models and the mechanisms investigated, references to other biological/biomimetic systems are made when applicable. The integration of soft matter physics theories and models with actual biological data for plant cell walls provides a foundation for understanding growth, form, and function in biological material and offers a firm platform for biomimetic innovation.
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Keywords: BIOLOGICAL FIBROUS COMPOSITE; BIOMIMETICS; LIQUID CRYSTALS; PLANT CELL WALL; SELF-ASSEMBLY

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2015-03-01

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  • The Journal of Renewable Materials (JRM) publishes high quality peer reviewed original research on macromolecules and additives obtained from renewable/biobased resources. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, JRM introduces cutting-edge research on biobased monomers, polymers, additives (both organic and inorganic), their blends and composites. It showcases both fundamental aspects and new applications for renewable materials. The fundamental theories and topics pertain to chemistry of biobased monomers, macromoners and polymers, their structure-property relationship, processing using sustainable methods, characterization (spectroscopic, morphological, thermal, mechanical, and rheological), bio and environmental degradation, and life cycle analysis. Demonstration of use of renewable materials and composites in applications including adhesives, bio and environmentally degradable structures, biomedicine, construction, electrical & electronics, mechanical, mendable and self-healing systems, optics, packaging, recycling, shape-memory, and stimulus responsive systems will be presented.
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