Self-assembled architectures with multiple aqueous compartments
Hoog, Hans-Peter M. de
Date of Issue2012
School of Materials Science and Engineering
A vital organizational feature of living cells is that of compartmentalization. This allows cells to run concurrently incompatible metabolic processes and to regulate these processes by selective trans-membrane transport. Although strategies that effectively mimic cell function in simple architectures have been researched extensively, soft matter systems with membranes that delineate distinct and multiple aqueous environments have only recently caught attention. We highlight a range of multi-compartmentalized soft matter systems including vesosomes, capsosomes, polymersomes, double emulsions, and their combinations, and demonstrate that the unique properties of the multi-compartmentalized architectures have the potential to add value to application areas such as drug-delivery and multi-enzyme biosynthesis.
© 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.