Twisting macromolecular chains: self-assembly of a chiral supermolecule from nonchiral polythiophene polyanions and random-coil synthetic peptides
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 101, no 31, 11197-11202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The self-assembly of a negatively charged conjugated polythiophene derivative and a positively charged synthetic peptide will create a chiral, well ordered supermolecule. This supermolecule has the three-dimensional ordered structure of a biomolecule and the electronic properties of a conjugated polymer. The molecular complex being formed clearly affects the conformation of the polymer backbone. A main-chain chirality, such as a predominantly one-handed helical structure induced by the acid–base complexation between the conjugated polymer and the synthetic peptide, is seen. The alteration of the polymer backbone influences the optical properties of the polymer, seen as changes in the absorption, emission, and Raman spectra of the polymer. The complexation of the polythiophene and the synthetic peptide also induce a change from random-coil to helical structure of the synthetic peptide. The supermolecule described in this article may be used in a wide range of applications such as biomolecular devices, artificial enzymes, and biosensors.
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2004. Vol. 101, no 31, 11197-11202 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45666DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0401853101OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45666DiVA: diva2:266562