DNA directed self-assembly of single walled carbon nanotubes into three-way junction nanostructures

Oruç, Betül and Çelik, Süleyman and Hayat Soytaş, Serap and Ünal, Hayriye (2018) DNA directed self-assembly of single walled carbon nanotubes into three-way junction nanostructures. ACS Omega, 3 (4). pp. 4157-4162. ISSN 2470-1343

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Abstract

Utilization of a self-assembled two-dimensional DNA nanostructure to arrange single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) into predetermined structures at controllable angles is presented. A specially designed DNA three-way junction (3WJ) composed of three double-stranded DNA arms containing single-stranded overhang sequences was prepared by annealing of partially complementary ssDNA sequences and ultrasonicated with SWNTs, resulting in DNA-3WJ/SWNT hybrid nanostructures. Utilization of DNA-3WJ not only allowed the precise dispersion of SWNTs but also acted as a rigid template for the self-assembly of SWNTs into three-armed junctions at an angle of approximately 120 degrees to each other as visualized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Prepared DNA-3WJ/SWNT nanostructures were also demonstrated to have the appropriate binding sites for fluorophores, providing a simple method for the fluorescent labeling of SWNTs. When ssDNA sequences forming the DNA-3WJ are ultrasonicated with SWNTs, followed by annealing of resulting ssDNA wrapped SWNTs, instead of hybrid junctions composed of three SWNT molecules, a web-like structure composed of interconnected SWNT junctions was obtained. The design approaches demonstrated here provide simple methods for the arrangement of SWNTs into desired nanostructures utilizing pre-assembled DNA nanostructures as linkers in aqueous solution through noncovalent interactions which can greatly contribute to efforts along the controlled assembly of SWNTs.
Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Materials Science & Eng.
Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Hayriye Ünal
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 22:29
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 09:59
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/36091

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