Self-assembled organic nanostructures with metallic-like stiffness

Lihi Adler-Abramovich, Nitzan Kol, Inbal Yanai, David Barlam, Roni Z. Shneck, Ehud Gazit, Itay Rousso

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Stiff spheres: AFM experiments using a diamond-tip cantilever show that aromatic dipeptide nanospheres (see picture) have a remarkable metallic-like Young's modulus of up to 275a GPa. This exceptional value places these nanostructures as the stiffest organic materials reported to date, thus making them attractive building blocks for the design and assembly of ultrarigid composite biomaterials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9939-9942
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number51
StatePublished - 17 Dec 2010


  • mechanical strength
  • nanostructures
  • nanotechnology
  • peptides
  • self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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