Non-covalent surface modification of boron nitride nanotubes for enhanced catalysis

Yang, Wenrong, Li, Runqing, Liu, Jingquan, Li, Lu Hua, Wang, Hongbin, Weng, Zi Qing, Lam, Simon, Du, Aijun, Chen, Ying, & Barrow, Colin J (2013) Non-covalent surface modification of boron nitride nanotubes for enhanced catalysis. Chemical Communications, 50, pp. 225-227.

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Boron nitride nanotubes were functionalized by microperoxidase-11 in aqueous media, showing improved catalytic performance due to a strong electron coupling 10 between the active centre of microperoxidase-11 and boron nitride nanotubes. One main application challenge of enzymes as biocatalysts is molecular aggregation in the aqueous solution. This issue is addressed by immobilization of enzymes on solid supports which 15 can enhance enzyme stability and facilitate separation, and recovery for reuse while maintaining catalytic activity and selectivity. The protein-nanoparticle interactions play a key role in bio-nanotechnology and emerge with the development of nanoparticle-protein “corona”. Bio-molecular coronas provide a 20 unique biological identity of nanosized materials.1, 2 As a structural analogue to carbon nanotubes (CNTs), Boron nitride nanotubes have boron and nitrogen atoms distributed equally in hexagonal rings and exhibit excellent mechanical strength, unique physical properties, and chemical stability at high-temperatures. 25 The chemical inertness of BN materials suits to work in hazardous environments, making them an optimal candidate in practical applications in biological and medical field.3, 4

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ID Code: 63794
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45667F
ISSN: 1364-548X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2013 04:45
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2014 22:27

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