Encapsulation of cells in nanoporous silica gels has shown great potential for the development of biotechnology applications such as biosensors, biocatalysis, bioremediation, energy conversion systems, and cellular therapies [1]. However, even though the inorganic matrix confers improved mechanical properties, chemical and thermal stability, and is resistant to microbial attacks, long-term viability and function after encapsulation remains as one of the principal setbacks of this technology [2].

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