Design and construction of artificial photoresponsive protocells capable of converting day light to chemical energy

Shengjie Wang, Mei Li, Avinash Patil, Shiyong Sun, Liangfei Tian, Dongxiu Zhang, Meiwen Cao, Stephen Mann

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We present a new strategy for the design and construction of artificial photoresponsive protocells based on the encapsulation and activation of metallized peptide/porphyrin self-assembled nanofilaments within silica nanoparticle-stabilized colloidosomes. The protocells exhibit high light sensitivity and can utilise day light (700 lux) for the production of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) by photo-mediated reduction of NAD+ within the colloidosomes. The results provide a promising step towards artificial photosynthetic micro-compartmentalized devices with integrated functional structures and photoresponsive behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24612-24616
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Early online date14 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2017


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