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Biologically-synthesized inorganic nanomaterials
Author(s): Ryan M. Kramer; Morley O. Stone; Rajesh R. Naik
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Paper Abstract

A hallmark of biological systems is their ability to self-assemble. This self-assembly can occur on the molecular, macromolecular and mesoscale. In this work, we have chosen to exploit biology's ability to self-assemble by incorporating additional functionality within the final structure. Our research efforts have been directed at not only understanding how biological organisms control nucleation and growth of inorganic materials, but also how this activity can be controlled in vitro. In previous work, we have demonstrated how peptides can be selected from a combinatorial library that possesses catalytic activity with respect to inorganic nucleation and deposition. We have engineered some of these peptide sequences into self-assembling protein structures. The goal of the project was to create an organic/inorganic hybrid that retained the “memory” properties of the organic, but possessed the superior optical and electronic properties of the inorganic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5331, Nanobiophotonics and Biomedical Applications, (1 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.537668
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Ryan M. Kramer, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Morley O. Stone, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Rajesh R. Naik, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5331:
Nanobiophotonics and Biomedical Applications
Alexander N. Cartwright, Editor(s)

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