Viral-capsid-type vesicle-like structures assembled from M 12L24 metal-organic hybrid nanocages

Dong Li, Wu Zhou, Kai Landskron, Sota Sato, Christopher J. Kiely, Makoto Fujita, Tianbo Liu

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    Without the thorn: In polar solvents, cationic M12L24 nanocages slowly assembled into hollow spherical "blackberry" structures, the size of which could be tuned by changing the counterion concentration or solvent polarity. The self-assembly process showed similar kinetic and thermodynamic features to viral-capsid formation. (Copyright (2005) National Academy of Sciences, USA. The image of the hepatitis B virus capsid is from the RCSB PDB (ID: 1QGT).)

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5182-5187
    Number of pages6
    JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 23


    • interparticle distance
    • nanocages
    • self-assembly
    • vesicles
    • viral capsids

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Catalysis
    • Chemistry(all)


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