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Functionalization of Silver Nanowire Transparent Electrodes with Self-Assembled 2-Dimensional Tectomer Nanosheets

Jurewicz, Izabela, Garriga, Rosa, Large, Matthew J, Burn, Jake, Bardi, Niki, King, Alice AK, Velliou, Eirini, Watts, John, Hinder, Steven, Muñoz, Edgar and Dalton, Alan B (2018) Functionalization of Silver Nanowire Transparent Electrodes with Self-Assembled 2-Dimensional Tectomer Nanosheets ACS Applied Nano Materials, 1 (8). pp. 3903-3912.

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Here, we describe the unusual self-assembly of amine-terminated oligoglycine peptides into extended two-dimensional sheets in the presence of silver nanowires. The resulting tectomer sheets are shown to have a strong affinity for the nanowires through a charge-transfer interaction as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We show that extended assemblies of metal-peptide hybrids offer additional augmentative functionalities, for instance, the tectomer sheets are hydrophobic in nature and act as a protective layer preventing oxidation and degradation of the nanowires when exposed to atmospheric conditions. Moreover, for silver nanowire percolating networks the presence of the peptide markedly increases the overall electrical conductivity through mechanical squeezing of wire-wire junctions in the network. The peptide-metal interface can be controlled by pH stimulus thus potentially offering new directions where silver nanowire assemblies are used for transparent electrodes ranging from antimicrobial coatings to biosensors.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
Garriga, Rosa
Large, Matthew J
Burn, Jake
King, Alice AK
Muñoz, Edgar
Dalton, Alan
Date : 10 July 2018
Funders : EPSRC
DOI : 10.1021/acsanm.8b00689
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 American Chemical Society
Uncontrolled Keywords : silver nanowires, peptides, peptide functionalization, protective coatings, transparent electrodes
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 18 Jul 2018 13:51
Last Modified : 11 Jul 2019 02:08

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