Quantum Dots Stabilized by Genetically Engineered Proteins

S. Y. Ding, G. Rumbles, M. Jones, M. P. Tucker, J. Nedeljkovic, J. Wall, M. E. Himmel

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Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) exhibit unique optical and electronic properties due to their physical size and the semi-conductor material from which they are made [1,2]. While the isolated properties of these nanoparticles offer a number of potential applications, such as bioimaging, their future use in novel electronic devices will require large arrays of known order. The assembling of these arrays is non-trivial and requires a monodisperse sample of quantum dots in order to facilitate the self-assembling process [3,4]. We propose first to validate the concept of using natural and/or recombined (genetic engineered) proteins to build stable, water soluble QD-protein conjugates [5]. Eventually, strategies to design these structures with highly controlled patterns will emerge.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2003
EventMaterials Inspired by Biology: Materials Research Society Symposium - San Francisco, California.
Duration: 22 Apr 200325 Apr 2003


ConferenceMaterials Inspired by Biology: Materials Research Society Symposium
CitySan Francisco, California.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-510-35991


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