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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24612-24616
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Early online date14 Nov 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 14 Nov 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Nov 2017
DatePublished (current) - 21 Nov 2017


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.

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