This thesis highlights current progress in the development of protein-based polymers that form hydrogels, their application potential, and advantages of these materials over other biomaterials.
A key part of the growing field of biomedical sciences deals with the development of new, controlled and biocompatible biomaterials. In the thesis we present results on the design, production, purification and characterization of stimuli responsive protein polymers that could ultimately be used in that field. Protein-polymers are composed of two or three blocks that are able to self- and co-assemble. An important theme in the thesis is to highlight the specific advantages of our new protein polymer for future biomedical applications.