Investigating self-assembled protein nanotubes using atomic force microscopy
Niu, Lijiang (2009) Investigating self-assembled protein nanotubes using atomic force microscopy. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Self-assembled protein nanotubular materials are attractive as putative building blocks for a variety of applications. Knowledge of the three-dimensional structures and the physical properties of these protein nanotubes then becomes a prerequisite for their use in rational materials design. The main purpose of the work presented in this thesis is to investigate both the structural and mechanical properties of protein nanotubes utilizing atomic force microscopy (AFM). Several different protein nanotubes will be used as exemplars to develop AFM methods.
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