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Nano Lett. 2011 Feb 9;11(2):701-5. doi: 10.1021/nl1038242. Epub 2011 Jan 5.

Plasmonic circular dichroism of Peptide-functionalized gold nanoparticles.

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Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433, USA.


Nature is remarkable at tailoring the chirality of different biomolecules to suit specific functions. Chiral molecules can impart optical activity to achiral materials in the form of the particle's electronic transition frequency. Herein, we used peptides of differing secondary structures (random coil and α-helix) to artificially create optically active chiral gold nanoparticles through peptide-nanoparticle interactions as observed by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. This interaction produces a CD signal at the plasmon resonance frequency (∼520 nm) of the chiral peptide-nanoparticle complex. Aggregation of the peptide-coated nanoparticles using metal ions results in a red-shifted plasmonic CD response. Our results suggest that chiroptical properties of nanomaterials can be engineered using peptides.

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