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Keywords:

  • amino acids;
  • crystal engineering;
  • gold;
  • nanostructures;
  • organic–inorganic hybrid composites
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Face to face: The hexagonal {001} or {00equation image} faces of single crystals of L-cystine were selectively decorated by dipping them into a solution of gold nanoparticles (see picture). The selectivity results from an anisotropic molecular packing of L-cystine in the single crystal.