Self-assembling Gold Nanoparticle Supramolecular Structures by Peptide Nanotube Templating

P.Q. Nguyen, N.S. Joshi
Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering, US

Keywords: self assembly, peptide, nanotubes, gold, nanoparticles, supramolecular, fractal, complex


We present the synthesis and supramolecular organization of gold nanoparticles templated by self-assembling cyclic peptide nanotubes. This process occurs in a one-pot reaction and results in a number of different peptide-nanoparticle complex structures that are tunable based on the concentration of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4). Observed are nanoparticle-decorated peptide nanotubes, peptide-gold semicircle structures, and highly complex fractal networks.This system allows the facile bottom-up assembly of hybrid organic-nanoparticle nanostructures for applications such as plasmonic sensors or self-assembling electronic nanocircuits.