Laura M. I. Schijven worked with supervisor Costas Nikiforidis from the Biobased Chemistry & Technology group on hollow protein microparticles. A paper on the research was recently published with the title "Hollow protein microparticles formed through cross-linking by an Au3+ initiated redox reaction".
Authors report the formation of hollow protein microparticles (MPs) through the assembly of lipoproteins in CaCO3 templates. In this research, the authors suggest a new route to design biobased Au-protein hollow MPs in simple steps, which can allow new possibilities for carrying functional molecules and bioimaging. This research paper was selected to be featured on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B, a scientific journal published by The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).