Self-limiting self-assembly of supraparticles for potential biological applications.

Affiliation

Li S(1), Guo X(1), Sun M(1), Qu A(1), Hao C(1), Wu X(1), Guo J(2), Xu C(1), Kuang H(1), Xu L(1).
Author information:
(1)International Joint Research Laboratory for Biointerface and Biodetection, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122, People's Republic of China and State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Jiangnan University, Jiangsu, People's Republic of China. [Email]
(2)Analysis and Testing Center, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123, People's Republic of China.

Abstract

Nanotechnology has largely spurred the development of biological systems by taking advantage of the unique chemical, physical, optical, magnetic, and electrical properties of nanostructures. Self-limiting self-assembly of supraparticles produce new nanostructures and display great potential to create biomimicking nanostructures with desired functionalities. In this minireview, we summarize the recent developments and outstanding achievements of colloidal supraparticles, such as the driving forces for self-limiting self-assembly of supraparticles and properties of constructed supraparticles. Their application values in biological systems have also been illustrated.