3_04/2007Cover Picture: Optimal Atomistic Modifications of Material Surfaces: Design of Selective Nesting Sites for Biomolecules (Small 4/2007)

The cover picture illustrates the electrostatic potential of the Ala-Tyr-Met peptide that is Coulombically docked in a highly selective nest formed on a B- and N-doped graphene layer. The optimally designed nesting site has an electrostatic potential distribution that is largely complementary to that of the peptide. This methodology can selectively bind solvated proteins on material surfaces modified by covalently attached charged ligands, and it has numerous potential applications in the formation of hybrid biofunctional systems at the nanoscale. For more information, please read the Communication “Optimal Atomistic Modifications of Material Surfaces: Design of Selective Nesting Sites for Biomolecules” by Boyang Wang and Petr Král beginning on page 580.

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