Peptide-based spherulitic films-formation and properties

Noam Sidelman, Yuri Rosenberg, Shachar Richter

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Abstract

Peptide nanotube-based spherulitic films are a recently discovered phenomenon, which was demonstrated in the case of the self-assembled diphenylalanine peptide nanotubes. Here we show that the film-formation method can be implemented with other peptides. We also demonstrate that a critical physical parameter, an elevated level of environmental hydration, is required for film growth. A possible formation mechanism is suggested. The optical, morphological and mechanical properties of these films are characterized and are found to be substantially different from those of non-spherulitic deposits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-391
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Volume343
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Films
  • Peptide nanotubes
  • Spherulites

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