9.14 - Making New Materials from Viral Capsids

N. Stephanopoulos, M. B. Francis

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The protein capsids of viruses represent a fascinating class of regular geometric objects formed through efficient self-assembly processes. By capitalizing on the ability of these multivalent structures to arrange large numbers of synthetic functional groups, viral capsids have now found use in three major areas of materials science: (1) as templates for the growth and/or positioning of inorganic nanoparticles; (2) as carriers for use in biomedical imaging and drug delivery; and (3) as scaffolds for photoactive and chemically catalytic groups. This chapter surveys the recent progress in these fields and examines the various chemical techniques that have been used to add new chemical functionality to these structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer Science
Subtitle of host publicationa Comprehensive Reference: Volume 1-10
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780080878621
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioconjugation
  • Capsids
  • Catalysis
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Drug delivery
  • Encapsulation
  • Genetic engineering
  • Light harvesting
  • Nanoparticles
  • Photosynthesis
  • Proteins
  • Self-assembly
  • Viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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