hello! it is often used and in many cases safely accurate to use enlarged and mechanistic models of proteins in order to study them given than, trying to elucidate the 3D structure of a protein, I wonder if it would be possible to somehow place the protein inside a material that would surround it, then make that material to somehow "freeze" or solidify, then somehow remove the protein and then study the "solid" material that is left, which ofcourse will have a kind of "fossil" of the protein! studying that fossil, we could get info about protein's 3D structure! I know there are many "somehow" in the above thought, but I wonder if that rings a bell to someone and tell me if it has already been attempted, or if it could be implemented with a specific material/method/technology he brought to mind thanks! PS: if not for proteins, maybe for any other 3D molecule?