Inside Cover: The Formation and Self-Assembly of Long Prebiotic Oligomers Produced by the Condensation of Unactivated Amino Acids on Oxide Surfaces (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 18/2014)

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  • Prof. Gianmario Martra,

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    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)
    • Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)===

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  • Dr. Chiara Deiana,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Dr. Yuriy Sakhno,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Ilvis Barberis,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)
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  • Marco Fabbiani,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)
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  • Dr. Marco Pazzi,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)
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  • Prof. Marco Vincenti

    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdepartmental Centre, Nanostructured interfaces and surfaces (NIS), University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)
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Abstract

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The formation of long polypeptides from unactivated glycine adsorbed on SiO2 and TiO2 and the self-assembly of these polymers into both helical and β-sheet-like patches following surface hydration is reported by G. Martra et al. in their Communication on page 4671 ff. These results shed light on the formation of polymers from small biomolecules under abiotic conditions, thus adding to our understanding of the basis of biochemical complexity and the prebiotic formation of biopolymers.

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