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Peptide nanostructure-based organic electronics

Grant number: 14/03813-5
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): September 15, 2014
Effective date (End): November 14, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Wendel Andrade Alves
Grantee:Wendel Andrade Alves
Host: Suchismita Guha
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Missouri, Columbia (UM), United States  


The performance of molecular electronics as biomimetic devices is mainly determined by the supramolecular organization of functionalized nanoscale biocompatible materials. The nanostructures obtained from biomolecules are attractive due to their biocompatibility, ability for molecular recognition, and ease of chemical modification. Peptide-based nanotubes derived from natural amino acids are superior building blocks for biocompatible devices as they can be used in a bottom-up process without any need for expensive lithographic techniques. The proposed work will investigate the efficacy of phenylalanine-containing polypeptides in conjunction with conducting polymers (CPs) such as poly (3-hexylthiophene) as active electronic materials. The primary focus will be on tuning the interaction of peptide nanotubes with CPs by functionalizing the peptide nanostructures. These nanostructures will be utilized in electronic devices such as field-effect transistors to understand the mechanism of transport and probe the interface properties of the peptide-based semiconductor/insulator (dielectric) interfaces. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CIPRIANO, THIAGO; KNOTTS, GRANT; LAUDARI, AMRIT; BIANCHI, ROBERTA C.; ALVES, WENDEL A.; GUHA, SUCHISMITA. Bioinspired Peptide Nanostructures for Organic Field-Effect Transistors. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, v. 6, n. 23, p. 21408-21415, DEC 20 2014. Web of Science Citations: 19.

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