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Signal Transduction in Organic Materials

Periodic Reporting for period 3 - STORM (Signal Transduction in Organic Materials)

Reporting period: 2020-04-01 to 2021-09-30

The aim of the STORM project is to make soft polymer materials think for themselves. In a nutshell, we try to make these materials responsive to signals coming from something inside or outside the material, and then respond with a pre-programmed action. Such an action could be for instance movement, or changing color, or releasing a drug, or fixing damage. Crucial to this signal detection and response are catalysts that can change their activity when reacting with the signal. Over the past few years, we've developed several of such catalysts, because these were previously unknown. Now, we are using them to generate response in such materials.
We developed several switchable catalyst classes, based on two different mechanisms for activation. Besides this, we developed new chemical reaction networks that are needed to allow an amplified response after catalyst activation. We have started to build polymer materials incorporating all these aspects, to approach the final goal of the project.
We have found a new class of chemical reaction network that holds great promise for application in many different fields. Currently we are exploring these possibilities, including in drug delivery and in protein structure analysis.