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Issue 17, 2012
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Self-assembled architectures with multiple aqueous compartments

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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.

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The article was received on 11 Oct 2011, accepted on 17 Jan 2012 and first published on 28 Feb 2012

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM06934B
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 4552-4561
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    Self-assembled architectures with multiple aqueous compartments

    H. M. de Hoog, M. Nallani and N. Tomczak, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 4552
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM06934B

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