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J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2005 Jul;5(7):1141-7.

Peptide-assisted synthesis of gold nanoparticles and their self-assembly.

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  • 1Polymer Science Unit Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032, India.


A novel gold nanoparticle-tripeptide (GNP-tripeptide) conjugate was prepared by peptide in-situ redox technique at ambient temperatureusing a newly designed tripeptide. This new tripeptide was nso designed that it has a C-terminus tyrosine residue, which reduced Au+3 to Au, and the terminally located free amino group was bound to the gold nanoparticle (GNP) surface resulting in highly stable Au colloids. The average diameter of the tripeptide-stabilized GNP is 8.7 +/- 2.3 nm. Tripeptide bound gold nanoparticles formed three-dimensional assemblies in the presence of an excess of similar or disimilar tripeptides. The aggregation of GNPs results in a red shift in the surface plasmon resonance from lambda max = 527 to 556 nm. The effect of the solvent, concentration, and nature of the tripeptides on the assembly process were investigated by TEM and UV-visible spectroscopy.

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