Binary Protein Crystals for the Assembly of Inorganic Nanoparticle Superlattices.Kunzle, M., Eckert, T., Beck, T.
(2016) J Am Chem Soc 138: 12731-12734
- PubMed: 27617514
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.6b07260
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- PubMed Abstract:
Biomolecules can act as functional templates for the organization of inorganic particles. Here we use two protein containers, engineered with opposite surface charge, as building blocks for the construction of a new type of biohybrid material. Binary structures with crystalline order were obtained, adopting a tetragonal lattice. Moreover, the cavity of the engineered protein containers can be filled with inorganic nanoparticles. The controlled assembly of these protein-nanoparticle composites yields highly ordered binary nanoparticle superlattices as free-standing crystals, with up to a few hundred micrometers in size. Because the structure and lattice parameters of the protein-nanoparticle crystals are independent of their nanoparticle cargo, the binary protein material may serve as a generally applicable matrix for the assembly of a variety of nanoparticles types.
Institute of Physical Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University , 52074 Aachen, Germany.