Biotemplated Synthesis of Metallic Nanoparticle Chains on an α-Synuclein Fiber Scaffold
Authors: Colby, R.; Hulleman, J.; Padalkar, S.; Rochet, J.C.; Stanciu, L.A.
Source: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volume 8, Number 2, February 2008 , pp. 973-978(6)
Publisher: American Scientific Publishers
Abstract:Biomolecular templates provide an excellent potential tool for bottom-up device fabrication. Self-assembling α-synuclein protein fibrils, the formation of which has been linked to Parkinson's disease, have yet to be explored for potential device fabrication. In this paper, α-synuclein fibrils were used as a template for palladium (Pd), gold (Au) and copper (Cu) nanoparticle chains synthesis. Deposition over a range of conditions resulted in metal-coated fibers with reproducible average diameters between 50 and 200 nm. Active elemental palladium deposited on the protein fibrils is used as a catalyst for the electroless deposition of Au and Cu. Nanoparticle chains were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry (XEDS), and electron energy loss spectrometry (EELS).
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2008-02-01
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