Elastic modulus of viral nanotubes
Abbreviated Journal Title
Phys. Rev. E
TOBACCO-MOSAIC-VIRUS; MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES; LIPID TUBULES; VISUALIZATION; NANOPARTICLES; DEPOSITION; CAPSIDS; Physics, Fluids & Plasmas; Physics, Mathematical
We report an experimental and theoretical study of the radial elasticity of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) nanotubes. An atomic force microscope tip is used to apply small radial indentations to deform TMV nanotubes. The initial elastic response of TMV nanotubes can be described by finite-element analysis in 5 nm indentation depths and Hertz theory in 1.5 nm indentation depths. The derived radial Young's modulus of TMV nanotubes is 0.92 +/- 0.15 GPa from finite-element analysis and 1.0 +/- 0.2 GPa from the Hertz model, which are comparable with the reported axial Young's modulus of 1.1 GPa [Falvo et al., Biophys. J. 72, 1396 (1997)].
Physical Review E
"Elastic modulus of viral nanotubes" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 1213.