Thermomechanical manipulation of aromatic peptide nanotubes.

  title={Thermomechanical manipulation of aromatic peptide nanotubes.},
  author={Victoria L Sedman and Stephanie R. Allen and Xinyong Chen and Clive J Roberts and Saul J. B. Tendler},
  journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids},
  volume={25 13},
Self-assembling aromatic dipeptides are among the smallest known biological materials which readily form ordered nanostructures. The simplicity of nanotube formation makes them highly desirable for a range of bionanotechnology applications. Here, we investigate the application of the atomic force microscope as a thermomechanical lithographic tool for the machining of nanotubes formed by two self-assembling aromatic peptides; diphenylalanine and dinapthylalanine. Trenches and indentations of… CONTINUE READING