Protein Nanoparticle Templates: Constrained Synthesis and Organization of Catalytically Active Metal Nanoparticles by Self-Assembled Protein Templates (Adv. Mater. 34/2009)



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Novel geometrical architectures of hybrid nanoparticle/protein complexes can be generated by chemically synthesizing monodisperse metal nanoparticles in situ in the presence of a stable, stress-related protein, report Silke Behrens, Oded Shoseyov, and co-workers on p. 3515. The particles are catalytically active and can reduce 4-nitrophenol, and are potentially useful as future biofunctional nanoparticle labels for catalytic signal amplification in optical assays.