By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Nanoparticles. According to news reporting originating in Akron, Ohio, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Peptide-based methods represent new approaches to selectively produce nanostructures with potentially important functionality. Unfortunately, biocombinatorial methods can only select peptides with target affinity and not for the properties of the final material."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Akron, "In this work, we present evidence to demonstrate that materials-directing peptides can be controllably modified to substantially enhance particle functionality without significantly altering nanostructural morphology. To this end, modification of selected residues to vary the site-specific binding strength and biological recognition can be employed to increase the catalytic efficiency of peptide-capped Pd nanoparticles."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "These results represent a step toward the de novo design of materials-directing peptides that control nanopartide structure/function relationships."
For more information on this research see: Exploiting Localized Surface Binding Effects to Enhance the Catalytic Reactivity of Peptide-Capped Nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013;135(30):11048-11054. Journal of the American Chemical Society can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; Journal of the American Chemical Society - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/jacsat)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R. Coppage, Univ Akron, Dept. of Polymer Engn, Akron, OH 44325, United States. Additional authors for this research include J.M. Slocik, H. Ramezani-Dakhel, N.M. Bedford, H. Heinz, R.R. Naik and M.R. Knecht (see also Nanoparticles).
Keywords for this news article include: Ohio, Akron, Peptides, Proteins, Amino Acids, United States, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America
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