Hierarchical self-assembly of peptide-coated carbon nanotubes

Alan B. Dalton, Alfonso Ortiz-Acevedo, Vasiliki Zorbas, Eric Brunner, William M. Sampson, Steve Collins, Joselito M. Razal, Mario Miki-Yoshida, Ray H. Baughman, Rockford K. Draper, Inga H. Musselman, Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Gregg R. Dieckmann

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Numerous applications, from molecular electronics to super-strong composite, have been suggested for carbon nanotubes. Despite this promise, difficulty in assembling raw carbon nanotubes into functional structures is a deterrent for applications. In contrast, biological materials have evolved to self-assemble, and the lessons of their self-assembly can be applied to synthetic materials such as carbon nanotubes. Here we show that single-walled carbon nanotubes, coated with a designed amphiphilic peptide, can be assembled into ordered hierarchical structures. This novel methodology offers a new route for controlling the physical properties of nanotube systems at all length scales from the nano- to the macroscale. Moreover, this technique is not limited to assembling carbon nanotubes, and could be modified to serve as a general procedure for controllably assembling other nanostructures into functional materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1147-1151
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomaterials


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