Protein can act as unique template to assemble gold nanoparticles in a linear fashion

R. Bhattacharya, C. R. Patra, S. Wang, L. Lu, M. J. Yaszemski, D. Mukhopadhyay, P. Mukherjee

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Abstract

Nanoparticles of metals possess unique chemical, electronic, optical and magnetic properties that differ from their bulk counterpart because of the quantum size effects [14]. The spatial orientation and arrangement of nanoparticles is important in the realization of technologically useful nanoparticle-based materials [5-7]. Nevertheless, the assembly of nanoparticles into defined arrays remains a challenge. There are numerous reports of assembly of gold nanoparticles in a defined manner. In most of them, linker molecules were generally added to a preformed gold nanoparticle solution for assembly. Here a facile process for the assembly gold nanoparticles in a linear fashion has been described using protein as templates. The presence of proteins during the reduction of gold salts by sodium borohydride directs the assembly of gold nanoparticles in a linear fashion when cooled to -80° C followed by thawing at room temperature. Similar results were obtained by cooling at -20°C, whereas no assembly was observed when cooled at 0 0C. Assembly was also not observed when proteins were added to gold nanoparticle solution. Therefore, interaction of gold salts with the protein before the reduction is essential for such an assembly process. The assembled products thus obtained were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings
Pages833-836
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 8 2006
Event2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: May 7 2006May 11 2006

Publication series

Name2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period5/7/065/11/06

Keywords

  • Assembly
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Proteins
  • Templates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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