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In this feature article, we review some of the most recent advances in the field of materials chemistry for biosensing, disease diagnostics, and drug delivery. Our recent work on the development of responsive polymer-based platforms for biosensing and drug delivery will also be highlighted. This feature article is meant to outline the breadth of the utility of polymer-based materials for select applications, as well as their enormous potential impact on future technologies.


This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry B, volume 2, in 2014 following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at


Royal Society of Chemistry



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