Welcome to the Biointerfaces Group of Cornelia G. Palivan!


We study soft bio-hybrid materials resulting from the combination of biomolecules with synthetic assemblies at the nano- and micro-scale. The goal of our research is to probe and understand the relation between the components of bio-hybrid materials as well as the biointerface of such materials with cells or simple animal models. The main questions that guide our research are: How can biomolecules preserve their function in a synthetic environment? How to modify biomolecules to induce new functionality and how is this affected when a bio-hybrid material is designed? How to self-organize bio-hybrid assemblies in more complex architectures to provide multifunctionality? Which are the interactions of bio-hybrid materials with cells? How to produce a new bio-hybrid material with desired functionality for specific applications? Our interest extends from fundamental understanding at the molecular level of such bio-hybrid materials and associated biointerfaces to technological and medical applications.

Latest Publications


Clustering of catalytic nanocompartments for enhancing an extracellular non-native cascade reaction
V. Maffeis, A. Belluati, I. Craciun, D. Wu, S. Novak, C.-A. Schoenenberger, C. G. Palivan
Chem. Sci. 2021. DOI: 10.1039/D1SC04267J


Peptide-Assisted Nucleic Acid Delivery Systems on the Rise
S. Tarvirdipour, M. Skowicki, C-A. Schoenenberger, C. G. Palivan
Int. J. Mol. Sci., 2021, 22(16), pp. 9092- 9122. DOI: 10.3390/ijms22169092


DNA-tethered Polymersomes Clusters as Nanotheranostic Platform
C.E. Meyer, C-A Schoenenberger, J. Liu, C. Craciun, C.G. Palivan
Chimia, 2021. DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2021.296


From spherical compartments to polymer films: exploiting vesicle fusion to generate solid supported thin polymer membranes
M. Kyropoulou, S. Y. Avsar, C.-A. Schoenenberger, C. G. Palivan, W. P. Meier
Nanoscale, 2021. DOI: 10.1039/d1nr01122g

AQP1 Is Up-Regulated by Hypoxia and Leads to Increased Cell Water Permeability, Motility, and Migration in Neuroblastoma
Z. Huo, M. Lomora, U. Kym, C. Palivan, S. G. Holland-Cunz, S. J. Gros
Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
, 2021. DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2021.605272