Synthetic brochosomes: design, synthesis, and applications

Lin Wang, Jinsol Choi, Tak Sing Wong

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Abstract

Brochosomes, which are nanoscopic buckyball-shaped granules produced by leafhoppers, are one of the most intricate structures discovered in nature. Various functions of brochosomes have been proposed but only a few have been experimentally validated due to the challenge of fabricating their synthetic counterparts. Advancements in micro- and nanofabrication have recently led to the emergence of synthetic brochosomes, opening up new possibilities for innovative applications. This review explores the early discovery of natural brochosomes and their geometrical features, followed by the recent progress in fabricating synthetic brochosomes and their applications. Perspectives on future applications and challenges in the scalable manufacturing of synthetic brochosomes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-742
Number of pages9
JournalNano Research
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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