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Investigators from University of Bristol Release New Data on Biological Pigments (Multifunctional Porous Microspheres Based on Peptide-Porphyrin...

July 1, 2014

Investigators from University of Bristol Release New Data on Biological Pigments (Multifunctional Porous Microspheres Based on Peptide-Porphyrin Hierarchical Co-Assembly)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators discuss new findings in Biological Factors. According to news reporting out of Bristol, United Kingdom, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Photocatalytically active, multi-chambered, biomolecule-based microspheres were prepared by hierarchical co-assembly of simple dipeptides and porphyrins."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Bristol, "The colloidal microspheres are highly hydrated and consist of a network of J-aggregate nanoscale substructures that serve as light-harvesting antennae with a relatively broad spectral cross-section and considerable photostability. These optical properties can be exploited in photocatalytic reactions involving inorganic or organic species."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Taken together, these structural and functional features suggest that soft porous biomolecule-based colloids are a plausible photosynthetic model that could be developed towards demonstrating aspects of primitive abiotic cellularity."

For more information on this research see: Multifunctional Porous Microspheres Based on Peptide-Porphyrin Hierarchical Co-Assembly. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2014;53(9):2366-2370. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition can be contacted at: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh, Boschstrasse 12, D-69469 Weinheim, Germany (see also Biological Factors).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Q.L. Zou, University of Bristol, Sch Chem, Center Organized Matter Chem, Bristol BS8 1TS, Avon, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include L. Zhang, X.H. Yan, A.H. Wang, G.H. Ma, J.B. Li, H. Mohwald and S. Mann.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Bristol, Porphyrins, United Kingdom, Biological Factors, Biological Pigments

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