Chemical cell simulation

Chemists in The Netherlands have developed a system of versatile, compartmentalized nanostructures that can emulate the organelles found in living cells. Such functional, nanostructured systems would also be useful for technical applications, such as biosensors, self-repairing materials, optoelectronic components, or nanocapsules. Jan van Esch at the Universities of Delft and Groningen and his team are using surfactants and gelators to form aggregate systems that can coexist without interfering with each other - like cellular organelles - they thus make versatile, highly complex structures with separate compartments.