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J Oleo Sci. 2014;63(11):1085-98. Epub 2014 Oct 21.

Molecular building blocks and their architecture in biologically/environmentally compatible soft matter chemical machinery.

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Department of Basic Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo.


This review briefly summarizes recent developments in the construction of biologically/environmentally compatible chemical machinery composed of soft matter. Since environmental and living systems are open systems, chemical machinery must continuously fulfill its functions not only through the influx and generation of molecules but also via the degradation and dissipation of molecules. If the degradation or dissipation of soft matter molecular building blocks and biomaterial molecules/polymers can be achieved, soft matter particles composed of them can be used to realize chemical machinery such as selfpropelled droplets, drug delivery carriers, tissue regeneration scaffolds, protocell models, cell-/tissuemarkers, and molecular computing systems.

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