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Opt Express. 2012 Oct 22;20(22):24856-63. doi: 10.1364/OE.20.024856.

Chiral meta-molecules consisting of gold nanoparticles and genetically engineered tobacco mosaic virus.

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Division of Protein Engineering, The Cancer Institute of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, 3-8-31 Ariake, Koto, Tokyo 135-8550, Japan.


We demonstrate a chiral meta-molecule in the ultraviolet (UV) and visible (VIS) regions using a complex of Au nanoparticles (NPs) and rod-shaped tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). Au NPs five nm in diameter are uniformly formed on peptide-modified TMV. The peptide-modified TMV with uniform-sized Au NPs has improved dispersion in solution. A negative circular dichroism (CD) peak is produced around 540 nm, at plasmonic resonance wavelength of Au NPs. Additionally, modification of a CD peak in the UV region is observed. Attaching NPs to a virus causes the enhancement and modification of CD peaks in both the UV and VIS regions. Our results open a new avenue for the preparation of three dimensional chiral metamaterials at optical frequencies.

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