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Ran Cui, Hui-Hui Liu, Hai-Yan Xie, Zhi-Ling Zhang, Yi-Ran Yang, Dai-Wen Pang, Zhi-Xiong Xie, Bei-Bei Chen, Bin Hu and Ping Shen Living Yeast Cells as a Controllable Biosynthesizer for Fluorescent Quantum Dots Advanced Functional Materials 19

Version of Record online: 12 JUN 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200801492

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An example of how to solve seemingly intractable chemistry problems through biology by a novel strategy of coupling intracellular, unrelated biochemical reactions for controllable synthesis of CdSe QDs using living yeast cells as a biosynthesizer is demonstrated. The CdSe QDs can be tunably synthesized under in vivo conditions and at only 30 °C, instead of at high temperatures around 300 °C and using combustible, explosive, and toxic organic reagents.

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