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Hydrophobization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus to Control the Mineralization of Organic Templates

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Institute for Materials Science, University of Stuttgart, Heisenbergstr. 3, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Institute of Chemical Process Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Böblinger Straße 78, 70199 Stuttgart, Germany
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Institute of Biomaterials and Biological Systems, University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 57, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology, University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 31, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(5), 800; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9050800
Received: 24 April 2019 / Revised: 20 May 2019 / Accepted: 20 May 2019 / Published: 24 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Virus-Based Nanomaterials and Nanostructures)
The robust, anisotropic tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) provides a monodisperse particle size and defined surface chemistry. Owing to these properties, it became an excellent bio-template for the synthesis of diverse nanostructured organic/inorganic functional materials. For selective mineralization of the bio-template, specific functional groups were introduced by means of different genetically encoded amino acids or peptide sequences into the polar virus surface. An alternative approach for TMV surface functionalization is chemical coupling of organic molecules. To achieve mineralization control in this work, we developed a synthetic strategy to manipulate the surface hydrophilicity of the virus through covalent coupling of polymer molecules. Three different types of polymers, namely the perfluorinated (poly(pentafluorostyrene) (PFS)), the thermo-responsive poly(propylene glycol) acrylate (PPGA), and the block-copolymer polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene glycol) were examined. We have demonstrated that covalent attachment of hydrophobic polymer molecules with proper features retains the integrity of the virus structure. In addition, it was found that the degree of the virus hydrophobicity, examined via a ZnS mineralization test, could be tuned by the polymer properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: tobacco mosaic virus; ZnS; bio/inorganic hybrid materials; hydrophobization; polymer coupling tobacco mosaic virus; ZnS; bio/inorganic hybrid materials; hydrophobization; polymer coupling
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Atanasova, P.; Atanasov, V.; Wittum, L.; Southan, A.; Choi, E.; Wege, C.; Kerres, J.; Eiben, S.; Bill, J. Hydrophobization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus to Control the Mineralization of Organic Templates. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 800.

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