In collaboration with Prof. Yves Dory, we investigate the self-assembled nanotubes and their organization of cyclic peptides in liquid crystals and polymers. This project aims at revealing the effects of liquid crystal and polymer mediums on the self-assembled structures of cyclic peptides and developing new strategies to manipulate peptide nanotubes.

Representative publication:  

“Micrometer-Sized Hexagonal Tubes Self-Assembled by a Cyclic Peptide in a Liquid Crystal” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2004, 43, 349-353.


Scanning electron microscope image of a large hexagonal hollow tube formed by a cyclic peptide in a nematic liquid crystal. The computer modeling illustrates the proposed hierarchical and self-similar process of self-assembly.