Amyloids in synthetic applications

Amyloids are versatile and dual-faceted materials. They appear in various pathological conditions and have been associated with several human diseases. On the other hand, they have diverse physiological roles ranging from hormone storage to structural support and defence mechanisms. In addition, self-assembled amyloid peptides gain growing interest in material science, bioengineering, and synthetic chemistry as they can serve as a simple, low cost, green and tuneable catalysts of chemical reactions or scaffolds and building blocks for nano/biomaterials. This Collection aims to focus on the beneficial sides of amyloid formation, primarily exploring functional amyloids used for unconventional synthetic purposes.

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