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Keywords:

  • biological activity;
  • nanoparticles;
  • organic-inorganic hybrid composites;
  • self-assembly
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Gift wrapped: Biomolecules can be enveloped within an ultrathin shell of an aminopropyl-functionalized magnesium (organo)phyllosilicate to produce aqueous dispersions of discrete protein–inorganic nanoparticles. Similar procedures but with organoclay oligomers that have pendent long-chain hydrophobic moieties result in self-assembly of the protein–inorganic nanoparticles into higher-order superstructures (see picture).