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Polymer nanoreactors

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2013
Author Edlinger Christoph, Zhang Xiaoyan, Fischer-Onaca Ozana, Paliva G. Cornelia ,
Project Nanostructured Polymers
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Encyclopedia of polymer science and technology
Editor , Mark Herman F.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc., Eupropa
Page(s) 1 - 8
ISBN 780471440260
Title of proceedings Encyclopedia of polymer science and technology
DOI 10.1002/0471440264.pst581


This article introduces protein–polymer systems that serve as chemical reaction spaces at the nanoscale. Such polymeric nanoreactors accommodate enzymatic reactions either inside polymer supramolecular assemblies or at their interfaces with the environment, or through a combination of both. We provide an overview of polymer structures that include micelles, vesicles (primarily polymersomes, but also PICsomes and peptosomes), dendrimers, layer-by-layer capsules, and capsids—all of which can accommodate sensitive biomolecules to mimic natural systems and functions. This article further deals with the functionalization of polymer membranes and the analytical techniques that apply to nanoreactors. In the last section, we highlight the most relevant applications of such polymeric nanoreactors in the domains of medicine, ecology, and biotechnology.