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Keywords:

  • Peptides nanotubes;
  • Photoluminescence;
  • Lanthanides;
  • Rare earths;
  • Self-assembly
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Photoluminescent peptide nanotubes are synthesized in an in situ incorporation of lanthanide complexes into peptide nanotubes through a self-assembly process. We found that peptide nanotubes and photosensitizer molecules exhibited a high synergistic effect on the enhancement of lanthanide photoluminescence through a cascaded energy-transfer mechanism.