Chiral Zinc Phenylalanine Nanofibers with Fluorescence

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Chiral Zn(II)/D-,L-phenylalanine (Phe) bio-coordination polymer nanofibers with fluorescence were prepared by fast coordination-assisted assembly. The synthetic strategy is based on the fact that the Zn2+ ions were linked to oxygen atoms from carboxylate groups of the D- or L-amino acid by coordination interactions to form the chiral polymers. The Zn(II)/D-,L-Phe nanofibers had homogeneous diameters in the range of 700∼900 nm and ultra-long length in several hundred micrometers, and the surface of the fiber was extremely smooth. In addition, the enantiomers of Zn(II)/Phe nanofibers exhibited both optical activity and fluorescent property in the solid state, which has great potential for application in the field of biomimetic nanofabrication and micro-/nano-optoelectronics.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2011

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