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Bio-inspired synthesis of crystalline TiO 2 : Effect of amino acids on nanoparticles structure and shape

Joachim Bill 1 Fritz Aldinger Olivier Durupthy 2
2 MHN - Matériaux Hybrides et Nanomatériaux
LCMCP - Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris
Abstract : Crystalline titanium dioxide particles were obtained through the thermo-hydrolysis at 60°C of aqueous TiCl 4 precursor in the presence of various amino acids. These protein building blocks were employed to modify the phase distribution, size and shape of the formed nanoparticles. The consequences of the presence of biological species during the different steps of the inorganic condensation were characterized by a variety of techniques, including X-Ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis coupled with differential scanning calorimetry. The amino acids side chain functions were shown to be of a particular importance in regard to the modification of the TiO 2 structure and morphology. More specifically, aspartic acid, glutamic acid and serine allowed the formation of pure anatase nanoparticles. The pH of the reacting solution was also proved to be a relevant parameter to control the particle size and shape (cf micrograph, scale bar 5nm). Explanations based on the actual knowledge on the titania-amino acids interface were proposed for every observed modification.
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Joachim Bill, Fritz Aldinger, Olivier Durupthy. Bio-inspired synthesis of crystalline TiO 2 : Effect of amino acids on nanoparticles structure and shape. Crystal Growth and Design, American Chemical Society, 2007, 7 (12), pp.2696-2704. ⟨10.1021/cg060405g⟩. ⟨hal-02354069⟩

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