In Situ Generation of Chiroptically-Active Gold-Peptide Superstructures Promoted by Iodination

Claudia Pigliacelli, Kavitha Buntara Sanjeeva, Nonappa, Andrea Pizzi, Alessandro Gori, Francesca Baldelli Bombelli, Pierangelo Metrangolo

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Peptide-mediated routes to the synthesis of plasmonic nanoparticles have been drawing increasing attention for the development of chiroptically active nanoscale architectures. However, designing a multifunctional peptide able to drive the formation of structurally defined nanomaterials endowed with specific functionalities is still challenging. In this work, iodination has been devised as a strategy to strengthen Au-reduction capability of the amyloidogenic peptide DFNKF and combine it with its distinctive self-assembly features. Thanks to the Au-mediated C - I activation on the phenylalanine iodobenzenes, the peptides yield efficient Au-reduction ability promoting the synthesis of Au nanoparticles, and simultaneously working as templates for their spontaneous self-assembly into spherical superstructures endowed with chiroptical activities. The reaction occurs in situ through a one-pot process in aqueous media. The generality of this approach has been demonstrated using an iodinated derivative of the peptide KLVFF, which also showed reducing and templating abilities forming chiroptically active helical superstructures decorated with Au nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2158–2166
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number2
Early online date10 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • chiroptical
  • gold
  • iodine
  • nanoparticles
  • peptide
  • superstructures


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