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Size Reduction of CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots by a Peptidic Amyloid Supergelator

Abstract : Anchoring of a self-assembling dipeptide on the surface of core/shell CdSe/ZnS quantum dots resulted in a competition between coordination of the surface atoms of the QDs and the strong tendency for the dipeptide to self-assemble in toluene. This resulted in a mild QD etching and in a corresponding increase in the band gap of the nanocrystals whose photoluminescent emission gradually turns blue with time. The FmocLeuLeuOH dipeptide supergelator self-assembles in fibrils in which the Fmoc groups are surrounded by the pendant isobutyl side chains of the leucine residues with vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and liquid- and solid-state NMR attributes of twist anti-parallel beta-sheets.
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Md Badruz Zaman, David Bardelang, Michael Prakesch, Donald M. Leek, Jean-Valère Naubron, et al.. Size Reduction of CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots by a Peptidic Amyloid Supergelator. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Washington, D.C. : American Chemical Society, 2012, 4 (3), pp.1178--1181. ⟨10.1021/am3001715⟩. ⟨hal-01460429⟩



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