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Networks of nanotubes and containers

Nature volume 409, pages 150152 (11 January 2001) | Download Citation

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We have constructed complex two-dimensional microscopic networks of phospholipid bilayer nanotubes and containers in which we are able to control the connectivity, container size, nanotube length, and angle between the nanotube extensions. Containers within these networks can be chemically differentiated and materials successfully routed between two containers connected by a common nanotube. These networks will enable model systems to be devised for studying confined biochemical reactions1,2,3, intracellular transport phenomena4 and chemical computations5.

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    • Owe Orwar

    Present address: Department of Physical Chemistry, and Microtechnology Centre, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

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  1. Department of Chemistry, Gothenburg University, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

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    • , Roger Karlsson
    • , Mattias Karlsson
    • , Ann-Sofie Cans
    • , Anette Strömberg
    •  & Frida Ryttsén

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