Viral Protein Cages as Building Blocks for Functional Materials

Aijie Liu

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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We have developed virus-based protein cage functional materials for catalysis and optical coatings. The unique properties of the viral particles, such as in vitro reversible self-assembly with functional nanoparticles or molecules incorporated, their capability of chemical or genetic modification and the ability to self-assembly into high-order structures, were employed to introduce new or different functions into these catalytic and/or optical materials. These studies help to gain further insight in the development of virus-based materials.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Biomolecular Nanotechnology
  • Cornelissen, Jeroen, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date29 Sep 2017
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-4387-3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2017


  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanoreactor
  • Protein cages
  • Inorganic nanoparticles
  • Thin film
  • Surface chemistry
  • Selective catalytic reduction
  • Drug delivery
  • Anti-reflection
  • Surface plasmon resonance
  • Quantum dots
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Nanoporous Silica


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