A highly ordered material from magnetically aligned peptide amphiphile nanofiber assemblies

D.W.P.M. Löwik, I.O. Shklyarevskiy, L. Ruizendaal, P.C.M. Christianen, J.C. Maan, J.C.M. van Hest

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The synthesis process of peptide-amphiphile-based nanoribbons with a crystal-like molecular order that can be organized on a macroscopic scale through alignment in a strong magnetic field. The alignment of the monomeric amphiphiles was transferred upon a polymer backbone that can be prepared from these molecules yielding a highly anisotropic material. A polymerizable diacetylene fraction was introduced in the hydrophobic alkyl chains of the peptide amphiphiles to polymerize the assemblies and create a highly conjugated chromopheric structure. Assemblies were found to have a high degree of internal organization following a close packing of the alkyl chains. Peptide amphiphiles can provide a starting point for the generation of materials with a high degree of order on a nanoscopic level that imparts a functional scaffold applicable for various applications such as biominerliazation or cell proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1191-1195
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2007
Externally publishedYes


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