Recently, protein crystals have emerged as promising bionanoporous materials for different applications including highly selective biocatalysis, biosensing, bioseparation, vaccine formulation, and drug delivery. The environmental working conditions require the protein crystals to be both chemically and mechanically stable. The structure, behavior, and mechanical properties of protein crystals play an important role in the performance and life cycle of these materials [1,2]. In this work we introduce a strategy for evaluating the mechanical response of protein crystals with the tetragonal lysozyme crystal as a model.

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