Nanoscience Initiative | September 2018


Y. Gao, T. Cao, F. Cellini, C. Berger, W.A. de Heer, E. Tosatti, E. Riedo and A. Bongiorno, Ultrahard carbon film from epitaxial two-layer graphene, Nature Nanotechnology, 2018doi:10.1038/s41565-017-0023-9.

S.A. Dragulska, Y. Chen, M.T. Wlodarczyk, M. Poursharifi, P. Dottino∥, R.V. Ulijn, J.A. Martignetti and A.J. Mieszawska, Tripeptide-Stabilized Oil-in-Water Nanoemulsion of an Oleic Acids–Platinum(II) Conjugate as an Anticancer NanomedicineBioconj. Chem., 2018, in press.

K. Palanichamy, M.F. Bravo, M. Shlain, F. Schiro, Y. Naeem and A.B. Braunschweig, Binding Studies on a Library of InducedFit Carbohydrate Receptors with Mannoside Selectivity, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2018.

E. Albisetti, A. Calò, M. Spieser, A.W. Knoll, E. Riedo and D. Petti, Stabilization and control of topological magnetic solitons via nanoscale patterning of the exchange biasApplied Physics Letters, , 113(16), 162401.

A. Lampel, R.V. Ulijn and T. Tuttle, Guiding Principles for Peptide Nanotechnology Through Directed Discovery, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018, 47, 3737-3758.

E. Albisetti, D. Petti, G. Sala, R. Silvani, S. Tacchi, S. Finizio, S. Wintz, A. Calò, X. Zheng, J. Raabe, E. Riedo and R. Bertacco, Nanoscale spin-wave circuits based on engineered reconfigurable spin-texturesCommunications Physics Nature Research, 2018, 1(1), 56.

V.A. Zarubin, T.-D. Li, S. Humagain, H. Ji, K.G. Yager, S.G. Greenbaum and L.T. Vuong, Improved Anisotropic Thermoelectric Behavior of PEDOT:PSS via Magnetophoresis, ACS Omega, 2018, 3, 12554-12561

M. Kumar, N.L. Ing, V. Narang, N. Wijerathne, A.I. Hochbaum and R.V. Ulijn, Amino Acid-Encoded Biocatalytic Self-Assembly Enables the Formation of Transient Conducting NanostructuresNat. Chem., 2018, 10, 696-703.

P. Bieling, S. Hansen, O. Akin, T.-D. Li, D.A. Fletcher and R.D. Mullins, WH2 and proline-rich domains of WASP-family proteins collaborate to accelerate actin filament elongation, EMBO, 2018, 38, 102-121.

F. Cellini, F. Lavini, T. Cao, W. de Heer, C. Berger, A. Bongiorno and Riedo, Epitaxial two-layer graphene under pressure: Diamene stiffer than Diamond, FlatChem, 2018, 10, 8-13.

J. Narayan, S. Gupta, A. Bhaumik, R. Sachan, F. Cellini and E. Riedo, Q-carbon harder than diamondMRS Communications, 2018, 1-9.

S. Panettieri and R.V. Ulijn, Energy Landscaping in Supramolecular Materials, Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol., 2018, 51, 9-18.

C. Carbonell, D.J. Valles, A.M. Wong, M.W. Tsui, M. Niang and A.B. Braunschweig, Massively Multiplexed Tip-Based Photochemical Lithography under Continuous Capillary FlowCHEM.2018.

M.P. Conte, J.K. Sahoo, Y.M. Abul-Haija, K.H.A. Lau and R.V. Ulijn, Biocatalytic Self-Assembly on Magnetic NanoparticlesACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 10, 3069-3075.

F. Lavini, A. Calò, Y. Gao, E. Albisetti, T.-D. Li, T. Cao, G. Li, L. Cao, C. Aruta and E. Riedo, Friction and work function oscillatory behavior for even and odd number of layers in polycrystalline MoS2, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 8304-8312.


L. Schoonen, K.S. van Esterik, Chunqiu Zhang, R.V. Ulijn, R.J.M. Nolte and J.C.M. van Hest, Alternative Application of an Affinity Purification Tag: Hexahistidines in Ester HydrolysisSci. Rep., 2017, 7, 14772.

C. Carbonell and A.B. Braunschweig, Toward 4DNanoprinting with Tip-Induced Organic surface Reactions, Accounts of Chemical Research, 2017, 50, 190.

Y.M. Abul-Haija, G. Scott, J.K. Sahoo, T. Tuttle and R.V. Ulijn, Cooperative, Ion-sensitive Co-assembly of Tripeptide HydrogelsChem. Comm., 2017, 53, 9562.

A.H. Cavusoglu, X. Chen, P. Gentine and O. Sahin, Potential for natural evaporation as a reliable renewable energy resource, Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 617.

J.K. Sahoo, S. Roy, N. Javid, K.L. Duncan, L.A. Aitken and R.V. Ulijn, Pathway-dependent Gold Nanoparticle Formation by Biocatalytic Self-assemblyNanoscale, 2017, 9, 12330.

E.S. Burgie, A.N. Bussell, S.H. Lye, T. Wang, W. Hu, K.E. McLoughlin, E.L. Weber, H. Li and R.D. Vierstra, Photosensing and Thermosensing by Phytochrome B Require Both Proximal and Distal Allosteric Features within the Dimeric Photoreceptor, Sci. Rep.2017, 7(1), 13648.

E.V. Alakpa, J. Jayawarna, K.E.V. Burgess, C.C. West, B. Péault, R.V. Ulijn and M.J. Dalby, Improving Cartilage Phenotype from Differentiated Pericytes in Tunable Peptide HydrogelsSci. Rep., 2017, 7, 6895.

I.R. Sasselli, I.P. Moreira, R.V. Ulijn and T. Tuttle, Molecular Dynamics Simulations Reveal Disruptive Self-assembly in Dynamic Peptide LibrariesOrg. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 6541-6547.

L. Lambert, G. Goebrecht, S. De Leo, R. O’Connor, S. Nunez-Cruz, T.-D. Li, J. Yuan, M. Milone and L. Kam, Improving T Cell Expansion with a Soft Touch, Nano Letters, 201717 (2), 821-826.

A. Hussain, A.T.S. Semeano, S.I.C.J. Palma, A.S. Pina, J. Almeida, B.F. Medrado, A.C.C.S. Pádua, A.L. Carvalho, M. Dionísio; R.W.C. Li, H. Gamboa, R.V. Ulijn, J. Gruber and A.C.A. Roque, Tunable Gas Sensing Gels by Cooperative AssemblyAdv. Func. Mater., 2017, 27, 1700803.

E. Albisetti, D. Petti, M. Madami, S. Tacchi, P. Vavassori, E. Riedo and R. Bertacco, Nanopatterning spin-textures: A route to reconfigurable magnonicsAIP Advances, 2017, 7 (5), 055601. 

A. Wang, L. Cui, S. Debnath, Q. Dong, X. Yan, X. Zhang, R.V. Ulijn and S. Bai, Tuning Supramolecular Structure and Functions of Peptide bola-Amphiphile by Solvent Evaporation-DissolutionACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 21390.

I.P. Moreira, T.K. Piskorz, J.H. van Esch, T. Tuttle and R.V. Ulijn, Biocatalytic Self-Assembly of Tripeptide Gels and EmulsionsLangmuir, 2017, 33, 4986.

J.K. Sahoo, C.G. Pappas, I.R. Sasselli, Y.M. Abul-Haija and R.V. Ulijn, Biocatalytic Self-Assembly CascadesAngew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 6828.

M.P. Conte, K.H.A. Lau and R.V. Ulijn, Biocatalytic Self-assembly Using Reversible and Irreversible Enzyme ImmobilizationACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 3266.

C. Zhang, R. Shafi, A. Lampel, D. MacPherson, C. Pappas, V. Narang, T. Wang, C. Maldarelli and R.V. Ulijn, Switchable Hydrolase Based on Reversible Formation of Supramolecular Catalytic Site Using a Self-Assembling Peptide, Angew Chem. Int. Ed.2017, 56(46), 14511-14515.

A. Lampel, Scott A. McPhee, H.-A. Park, G.G. Scott, S. Humagain, D.R. Hekstra, B. Yoo, P.W.J.M. Frederix, T.-D. Li, R.R. Abzalimov, S.G. Greenbaum, T. Tuttle, C. Hu, C.J. Bettinger and R.V. Ulijn, Polymeric Peptide Pigments with Sequence-encoded Properties, Science, 2017, 356, 1064.


K.M. Carroll, H. Wolf, A.W. Knoll, J.E. Curtis, Y. Zhang, S.R. Marder, E. Riedo and U. Deurig, Understanding How Charged Nanoparticles Electrostatically Assemble and Distribute in 1-DLangmuir, 2016, 32 (51), 13600-13610.

C.G. Pappas, R. Shafi, I.R. Sasselli, H. Siccardi, T. Wang, V. Narang, R. Abzalimov, N. Wijerathne and R.V. Ulijn, Dynamic Peptide Libraries for the Discovery of Supramolecular Nanomaterials, Nat. Nanotechnol., 2016.

M.P. Conte, N. Singh, I.R. Sasselli, B. Escuder and R.V. Ulijn, Metastable Hydrogels from Aromatic DipeptidesChem Commun., 2016, 52, 13889.

A. Gurarslan, S. Jiao, T.-D. Li, G. Li, Y. Yu, Y. Gao, E. Riedo, Z. Xu and L. Cao, Van der Waals Force Isolation of Monolayer MoS2, Advanced Materials, 2016, 45, 10055–10060.

H. Shokri Kojori, H. Ji, Y. Paik, A.B. Braunschweig and S.J. Park, Monitoring Interfacial Lectin Binding With Nanomolar Sensitivity Using a Plasmon Field Effect TransistorNanoscale, 2016, 8, 17357 – 17364

I. Ramos Sasselli, C.G. Pappas, E. Matthews, T. Wang, N. Hunt, R.V. Ulijn and T. Tuttle, Using Experimental and Computational Energy Equilibration to Understand Hierarchical Self-assembly of Fmoc-dipeptide AmphiphilesSoft Matter, 2016, 12, 8307.

Y. Zhu, C.J. Munro, M.J. Olszta, D.J. Edwards, A.B. Braunschweig, M.R. Knecht and N.D. Browning, Dose-Rate Controlled Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopic Mapping of the Metallic Components in a Biohybrid Nanosystem, Semiconductor Science and Technology, 2016.

F. Hong, S. Jiang, T. Wang, Y. Liu and H. Yan, Framework DNA Origami Nanostructures with Layered-Crossover Motifs, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55(41), 12832-12835.

N. Singh, M. Kumar, J.F. Miravet, R.V. Ulijn and B. Escuder, Peptide-Based Molecular Hydrogels as Supramolecular Protein MimicsChem. Eur. J., 2016in press.

X. Liu, Y. Zheng, S.R. Peurifoy, E. Kothari and A.B. Braunschweig, Optimization of 4D Polymer Printing Within a Massively Parallel Flow-Through Photochemical Microreactor, Polymer Chemistry, 2016.

R.V. Ulijn and E. Riedo, Learning to ‘Think Systems’, Nature Nanotechnol., 2016, 11, 824.

P. Bieling, T.-D. Li, J. Weichsel, R. McGorty, P. Jreij, B. Huang, D. A. Fletcher and R. D. Mullins, Force feedback controls motor activity and mechanical properties of self-assembling branched actin networks, Cell, 2016, 164, 115-127.

E.V. Alakpa, V. Jayawarna, A. Lampel, K.V. Burgess, C.C. West, S.C.J. Bakker, S. Roy, N. Javid, S. Fleming, D.A. Lamprou, J. Yang, A. Miller, A.J. Urquhart, P.W.J.M. Frederix, N.T. Hunt, B.Péault, R.V. Ulijn and M.J. Dalby, Tunable Supramolecular Hydrogels for Selection of Lineage-Guiding Metabolites in Stem Cell CulturesChem, 2016, 1, 298-319.

Y. Zhou, C.X. Guzman, L.C. Helguero-Kelley, C. Liu, S. Peurifoy, B. Captain and A.B. Braunschweig, Diketopyrrolopyrrole assembly into J-aggregates, Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, 2016.

J.N. Roberts, J.K. Sahoo, L.E. McNamara, K.V. Burgess, J. Yang, E.V. Alakpa, H.J. Anderson, J. Hay, L.-A. Turner, S.J. Yarwood, M. Zelzer, R.O.C. Oreffo, R.V. Ulijn and M.J. Dalby, Dynamic Surfaces for the Study of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Growth through Adhesion RegulationACS Nano, 2016, 10, 6667-6679.

E. Albisetti, D. Petti, M. Pancaldi, M. Madami, S. Tacchi, J. Curtis, W.P. King, A. Papp, G. Csaba, W. Porod, P. Vavassori, E. Riedo and R. Bertacco, Nanopatterning reconfigurable magnetic landscapes via thermally assisted scanning probe lithography, Nature Nanotechnology, 2016, 11, 545-551. 

H.J. Anderson, J.K. Sahoo, R.V. Ulijn and M.J. Dalby, Mesenchymal Stem Cell Fate: Applying Biomaterials for Control of Stem Cell BehaviorFront. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 2016, 4, a38.

X. Liu, Y. Zheng, E. Khothari, S.R. Peurifoy, Y. Ji and A.B. Braunschweig, 4D Polymer Patterning Within a Massively Parallel Flow-Through Photochemical ReactorPolymer Chemistry, 2016, 7, 3229 – 3235.

D. Kalafatovic, M. Nobis, J. Son, K.I. Anderson and R.V. Ulijn, MMP-9 Triggered Self-assembly of Doxorubicin Nanofiber Depots Halts Tumor Growth, Biomaterials, 2016, 98, 192-202.

L.M. Smieska, Z. Li, D. Ley, A.B. Braunschweig and J.A. Marohn, Trap-clearing Spectroscopy in Perylene Diimide Derivatives, Chemistry of Materials, 2016.

J.K. Sahoo, N.M.S. Sirimuthu, A. Canning, M. Zelzer, D. Graham and R.V. Ulijn, Analysis of Enzyme-responsive Peptide Surfaces by Raman SpectroscopyChem. Commun., 2016, 52, 4698-4701.

E. Albisetti, K.M. Carroll, X. Lu, J.E. Curtis, D. Petti, R. Bertacco and E. Riedo, Thermochemical scanning probe lithography of protein gradients at the nanoscaleNanotechnology, 2016, 27 (31), 315302.

I. Pimentel Moreira, I. Ramos Sasselli, D. Cannon, M. Hughes, D.A. Lamprou, T. Tuttle and R.V. Ulijn, Enzymatically Activated Emulsions Stabilised by Interfacial Nanofibre NetworksSoft Matter, 2016, 12, 2623-2631.

X. Liu, C. Carbonell and A.B. Braunschweig, 4D Nanolithography Will Require Synergistic Advances in Surface Chemistry, Nanolithography, and Characterization, RSC Chemical Society Reviews, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/c6cs00349d.

I. Ramos Sasselli, R.V. Ulijn and T. Tuttle, CHARMM Force Field Parameterization Protocol for Self-assembling Peptide Amphiphiles: The Fmoc MoietyPhys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 4659-4667.

G.G. Scott, P.J. McKnight, T. Tuttle and R.V. Ulijn, Tripeptide Emulsifiers, Advanced Materials,  2016, 28, 1381-1386.


Abdelghani Laraoui, Halley Aycock-Rizzo, Yang Gao, Xi Lu, Elisa Riedo and Carlos Meriles, Imaging thermal conductivity with nanoscale resolution using a scanning spin probe, Nature Communications, 2015, 6, 8954. 

C. Berdugo, S.K.M. Nalluri, N. Javid, B. Escuder, J.F. Miravet and R.V. Ulijn, Dynamic Peptide Library for the Discovery of Charge Transfer HydrogelsACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7, 25946-25954.

Y. Tian, T. Wang, W. Liu, H. Xin, H. Li, Y. Ke, W. Shih and O. Gang, Mesoscale 3D Nanoparticle Clusters with Prescribed Architectures, Nature Nanotechnology, 2015, 10, 637-644

Y.M. Abul-Haija and R.V. Ulijn, Sequence Adaptive Peptide-Polysaccharide Nanostructures by Biocatalytic Self-AssemblyBiomacromolecules, 2015, 16, 3473-3479.

Xi Chen, Davis Goodnight, Zhenghan Gao, Ahmet H. Cavusoglu, Nina Sabharwal, Michael DeLay, Adam Driks and Ozgur Sahin, Scaling up nanoscale water-driven energy conversion into evaporation-driven engines and generators, Nature Communications, 2015, 6, 7346. 

K.L. Duncan and R.V. Ulijn, Short Peptides in Minimalistic Biocatalyst DesignBiocatalysis, 2015, 1.

C.X. Guzman, R.M. Krick Calderon, Z. Li, S. Yamazaki, S.R. Peurifoy, C. Guo, S.K. Davidowski, M.M.A. Mazza, X. Han, G.P. Holland, A.M. Scott and A.B. Braunschweig, Extended Charge Carrier Lifetimes in Hierarchical Donor-Acceptor Supramolecular Polymer Films, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2015.

C.G. Pappas, I.R. Sasselli and R.V. Ulijn, Biocatalytic Pathway Selection in Transient Tripeptide Nanostructure, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 8119-8123.

Yang Gao, Si Zhou, Suenne Kim, Hsian-Chih Chiu, Daniel Nélias, Claire Berger, Walt de Heer, Laura Polloni, Roman Sordan, Angelo Bongiorno and Elisa Riedo, Elastic coupling between layers in two-dimensional materials, Nature Materials, 2015, 14, 714–721.

N.S. Singh, M.P. Conte, R.V. Ulijn, J.F. Miravet and B. Escuder, Insight into the Esterase-like Activity Demonstrated by an Imidazole Appended to a Self-Assembling HydrogelatorChem. Commun., 2015, 51, 13213-13216.

X. Liu, T. Galfsky, Z. Sun, F. Xia, E.-c. Lin, Y.-H. Lee, S. Kéna-Cohen and V.M. Menon, Strong light–matter coupling in two-dimensional atomic crystals, Nature Photonics, 2015, 9, 30-34.

C.G. Pappas, P.W.J.M. Frederix, T. Mutasa, S. Fleming, Y.M. Abul-Haija, S. Kelly, A. Gachagan, D. Kalafatovic, J. Trevino, R.V. Ulijn and S. Bai, Alignment of Nanostructured Tripeptide Gels by Directional UltrasonicationChem. Commun., 2015, 51, 8465-8468.

R.V. Ulijn, Molecular Self-assembly: Best of Both WorldsNat. Nanotech., 2015, 10, 295-296.

R.A. Pires, Y.M. Abul-Haija, D.S. Costa, R. Novoa-Carballal, R.L. Reis, R.V. Ulijn and I. Pashkuleva, Controlling Cancer Cell Fate using Localized Biocatalytic Self-Assembly of an Aromatic Carbohydrate AmphiphileJ. Am Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 576-579.

Kyung Duk Koh, Hsiang-Chih Chiu, Elisa Riedo and Francesca Storici, Measuring the elasticity of ribonucleotide(s)-containing DNA molecules using AFM, book chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology with the topic of RNA nanotechnology, Springer Protocols, 2015.

P.W.J.M. Frederix, G.G. Scott, Y.M. Abul-Haija, D. Kalafatovic, C.G. Pappas, N. Javid, N.T. Hunt, R.V. Ulijn and T. Tuttle, Exploring the Sequence Space for (Tri-)peptide Self-Assembly to Design and Discover New HydrogelsNat. Chem., 2015, 7, 30-37.

C.G. Pappas, T. Mutasa, P.W.J.M. Frederix, S. Fleming, S. Bai, S. Debnath, S. Kelly, A. Gachagan and R.V. Ulijn, Transient Supramolecular Reconfiguration of Peptide Nanostructures using UltrasoundMater. Horiz., 2015, 2, 198-202.

D. Kalafatovic, M. Nobis, N. Javid, P.W.J.M. Frederix, K.I. Anderson, B.R. Saunders and R.V. Ulijn, MMP-9 Triggered Micelle-to-Fibre Transitions for Slow Release of DoxorubicinBiomater. Sci., 2015, 3, 246-249.


P.W.J.M. Frederix, G.G. Scott, Y.M. Abul-Haija, D. Kalafatovic, C.G. Pappas, N. Javid, N.T. Hunt, R.V. Ulijn and T. Tuttle, Exploring the sequence space for (tri-)peptide self-assembly to design and discover new hydrogels, Nature Chemistry, 2014, doi:10.1038/nchem.2122.

S. Jang, S. Hoyer, G. Fleming and K.B. Whaley, Generalized Master Equation with Non-Markovian Multichromophoric Förster Resonance Energy Transfer for Modular Exciton Densities, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2014, 113, 188102.

J.S. Leckie, A. Hope, M. Hughes, S. Debnath, S. Fleming, A.W. Wark, R.V. Ulijn and M.D. Haw, Nanopropulsion by Biocatalytic Self-Assembly, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 9580-9589.

Xi Chen, L. Mahadevan, Adam Driks & Ozgur Sahin, Bacillus spores as building blocks for stimuli-responsive materials and nanogenerators, Nature Nanotechnology, 2014, 9, 2014. 

S. Bai, C.G. Pappas, S. Debnath, P.W.J.M. Frederix, J. Leckie, S. Fleming and R.V. Ulijn, Stable Emulsions Formed by Self-Assembly of Interfacial Networks of Dipeptide Derivatives, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 7005-7013.

D. Ley, C.X. Guzman, K.H. Adolfsson, A.M. Scott and A.B. Braunschweig, Emergent Charge Transfer in Cooperatively Assembling Donor-Acceptor SuperstructuresJournal of the American Chemical Society, 2014, 136, 7809 – 7812.

S.K.M. Nalluri, C. Berdugo, N. Javid, P.W.J.M. Frederix and R.V. Ulijn, Biocatalytic Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Charge-Transfer Nanostructures Based on n-Type Semiconductor-Appended Peptides, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 5882-5887.

Y. Zhao, Y. Liu, Q. Xu, M. Barahman,D. Bartusik, A. Greer and A.M. Lyons, Singlet Oxygen Generation on Porous Superhydrophobic Surfaces: Effect of Gas Flow and Sensitizer Wetting on Trapping Efficiency, J. Phys. Chem. A., 2014, 118, 10364.


S. Debnath, S. Roy and R.V. Ulijn, Peptide Nanofibers with Dynamic Instability through Non-Equilibrium Biocatalytic Assembly, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 16789-16792.

S. Bian, A.M. Scott, Y. Cao, Y. Liang, S. Osuna, K.N. Houk, and A.B. Braunschweig, Covalently Patterned Graphene Surfaces by a Force Accelerated Diels-Alder ReactionJournal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 9240 – 9243.

S. Rieth, M.R. Miner, C.M. Chang, B. Hurlocker and A.B. Braunschweig, Saccharide Receptor Achieves Concentration Dependent Mannoside Selectivity Through Two Distinct Cooperative Binding PathwaysChemical Science, 2013, 4, 357–367.