Combining Protein Cages and Polymers: from Understanding Self-Assembly to Functional Materials

Stan Joris Maassen, A.M. van der Ham, Jeroen Johannes Lambertus Maria Cornelissen

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Protein cages, such as viruses, are well-defined biological nanostructures which are highly symmetrical and monodisperse. They are found in various shapes and sizes and can encapsulate or template non-native materials. Furthermore, the proteins can be chemically or genetically modified giving them new properties. For these reasons, these protein structures have received increasing attention in the field of polymer–protein hybrid materials over the past years, however, advances are still to be made. This Viewpoint highlights the different ways polymers and protein cages or their subunits have been combined to understand self-assembly and create functional materials.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)987-994
Number of pages7
JournalACS macro letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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  • IR-103882

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