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Bioinspired chemistry

Diversity for self-assembly

Self-assembly typically occurs through reversible interactions that slowly arrange building blocks into the most thermodynamically favoured structure. The involvement of enzymatic catalysis in the process has now enabled the rapid construction of a variety of low-defect architectures.

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Figure 1: Control of supramolecular organization at the nanoscale by biocatalysis.


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Gazit, E. Diversity for self-assembly. Nature Chem 2, 1010–1011 (2010).

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