Serine-Lysine Peptides as Mediators for the Production of Titanium Dioxide: Investigating the Effects of Primary and Secondary Structures Using Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and DFT Calculations.

A biomimetic approach to the formation of titania (TiO2) nanostructures is desirable because of the mild conditions required in this form of production. We have identified a series of serine-lysine peptides as candidates for the biomimetic production of TiO2 nanostructures. We have assayed these peptides for TiO2-precipitating activity upon exposure to… (More)