Bioinspired target-specific crystallization on peptide nanotubes for ultrasensitive Pb Ion detection

Roberto De La Rica, Ernest Mendoza, Hiroshi Matsui

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An ultralow concentration of Pb ions is detected by a sensor integrating a peptide nanotube detection platform with a smart peptide function that specifically metalizes the target ion. As the PbII-binding peptide on the nanotube, which bridges two electrodes, templates Pb nanowires, a resistor appears in the circuit, and conductance is detected as the signal for PbII.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1753–1756
Number of pages4
Issue number16
Early online date26 Jul 2010
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2010


  • biomineralization
  • bionanotechnology
  • mercury
  • peptides
  • sensors
  • bioinspired
  • target-specific
  • crystallization
  • nanotubes
  • ultrasensitive
  • Pb Ion detection

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