A designer peptide as a template for growing Au nanoclusters

Roberto De La Rica, Lesley W. Chow, Christine-Maria Horejs, Manuel Mazo, Ciro Chiappini, E. Thomas Pashuck, Ronit Bitton, Molly M. Stevens

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A peptide was designed to generate a sub-nanometric template that guides the growth of fluorescent gold nanoclusters. The peptide was endorsed with nucleating moieties and a three-dimensional structure that arrests the growth of ultrasmall nanoparticles. The nanoclusters are not cytotoxic and can be found in the cytosol of cells.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Early online date21 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • designer peptide
  • template
  • growing
  • au nanoclusters
  • sub-nanometric template
  • fluorescent gold nanoclusters
  • nucleating moieties
  • cytotoxic
  • cytosol of cells

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