An attractive feature of these nanotube-vesicle networks (NVNs), apart from their small size, is that they can accommodate various biomolecule-based functionalities. Embedded proteins, for example, can respond to light, chemical, mechanical or other stimuli, serve as signal-amplification pathways and have motor functions or catalytic properties. The desired functions can be allocated to any given node or container within the network, allowing us to design complex devices on the nm-to-µm-scale. These structures can also be used as templates for the production of solid-state devices with applications in microfluidics and microelectronics. Because of their flexibility, biocompatibility, and size-regime allowing for systems that can be rapidly mixed by diffusion, these soft-matter nanosystems allow for the construction of completely new technologies, in particular, for the life sciences to be made.
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