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Polymer supramolecular structures in the form of micelles, vesicles, and films are of particular interest as building blocks/templates for molecular factories. If appropriately designed from the point of view of chemical nature and properties, these structures can favour the insertion/encapsulation/attachment of biological molecules that serve as active blocks without dramatically impairing their function. Polymer vesicles and planar membranes selectively permit encapsulation or insertion of a variety of biomolecules, ranging from low molar mass components to functional enzymes and proteins, without hampering their activities. In addition, polymer membranes modified by the insertion of channel proteins allow for the selective exchange of molecular components/reaction products across the membrane, while the functionalization of their surfaces supports targeted approaches. Initially, the variety of amphiphilic copolymers, and later the multifunctionality and responsiveness of biomolecule – polymer assemblies will be extended, by integrating them in complex networks that will support molecular factories.

Molecular Systems Engineering - A new NCCR Initiative

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  • Andrea's Paper has been publihsed in ACS BioMac. (Sep 2018)
  • New Review has been published in J. Nanobiotechn. (Aug 2018)
  • Martina's Paper has been publihsed in ACS Synth. Biol. (Sep 2018)
  • New PostDoc Dalin Wu joins our group in a project in collaboration with the group of Prof. Catherine Housecroft (Sep 2018)
  • New PostDoc Viviana Maffeis joins our group within NCCR (Sep 2018)
  • New Master Student Jenny Folini joined our group (Sep 2018)
  • Viktoria and Camelia's Paper has been published in Langmuir (July 2018)
  • Roland's Paper has been published in Comm. Chem. (June 2018)
  • Roland 's Post is out on  https://chemistrycommunity.nature.com (June 2018)
  • Pascal's Paper has been published in Helv. Chim. Act. (May 2018)
  • Adrian's Book Chapter has ben published in Infectious Diseases and Nanomedicine III (May 2018)
  • Master Projects available!

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