Optical transition induced by molecular transformation in peptide nanostructures

Nadav Amdursky, Amir Handelman, Gil Rosenman

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In this letter we present a variation in the optical properties of bio-organic peptide nanostructures, which are induced by molecular transformation. The self-assembled tubular structures are formed from short aromatic di-peptides. Upon thermal induction, the structure changes its molecular conformation, and the linear di-peptide closes into a cyclic peptide. This irreversible transition changes the molecular packing at the nanoscale, which results in reconstruction of the native quantum dot-like packing to quantum well-like packing and the generation of blue luminescence. We further show that the same cyclic peptide can exhibit different photoluminescence properties according to the formed structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103701
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 5 Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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