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Ordering Transitions in Thermotropic Liquid Crystals Induced by the Interfacial Assembly and Enzymatic Processing of Oligopeptide Amphiphiles

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  • Joon-Seo Park,

    1. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering University of Wisconsin–Madison 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (USA)
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  • Nicholas L. Abbott

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    1. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering University of Wisconsin–Madison 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (USA)
    • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering University of Wisconsin–Madison 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (USA).
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  • This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense, the National Science Foundation (DMR 0520527), and the NIH (CA 108467).

Abstract

A method leading to the preparation of oligopeptide-decorated interfaces of liquid crystals is presented. The formation of the oligopeptide-modified interface of the liquid crystal is accompanied by an orientational transition of the liquid crystal, and thus can be visually followed. Processing of the oligopeptide by an enzyme also results in an orientational transition.

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