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  1. Christof M. Niemeyer

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527600906.mcb.200400096

Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine

Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine

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Niemeyer, C. M. 2006. Nanobiotechnology. Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine. .

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  1. Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Nanobiotechnology is a novel field of science, currently emerging at the intersection of materials research, nanosciences, and molecular biotechnology. This highly interdisciplinary field is closely associated to both the physical and chemical properties of organic and inorganic nanoparticles, as well as to the various aspects of molecular cloning, recombinant DNA and protein technology, and immunology. Evolutionary optimized biomolecules, such as nucleic acids, proteins, and supramolecular complexes thereof, are utilized in the fabrication of nanostructured and mesoscopic architecture from organic and inorganic nanoparticles and vice versa; technical nanometer-scaled devices are used to exploit structure and reactivity of biological systems. This chapter, in particular, is focused on a key issue of nanobiotechnology, concerning the utilization of biomolecules to functionalize inorganic nanoparticles.


  • Atomic Force Microscopy;
  • Biotemplating;
  • Directed Assembly;
  • Nanoparticles;
  • Supramolecular Structure