Dipeptide-assisted growth of uniform gallium oxohydroxide spindles

Inho Lee, Jinyoung Kwak, Seungjoo Haam, Sang Yup Lee

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The catalytic dipeptide HisSer was used as an additive in mineralizing gallium ions to form GaOOH, a solid precursor of Ga2O3. This dipeptide was chosen to mimic the enzyme structure of silicatein, similar to the well-known catalytic triad of chymotrypsin. The dipeptide promoted formation of spindle-structured GaOOH under acidic conditions by behaving as a heterogeneous nucleation seed. In contrast, no well-defined, structured gallium species were produced in the absence of dipeptide. The catalytic function of the dipeptide was most pronounced at pH values in the range 35, which are lower than the pKa of imidazole in the His side chain. These results suggest that the catalytic role of dipeptide influences the gallium hydroxide conversion and growth. This study suggests that a designed peptide with active functionality can be further exploited to produce inorganic compounds with controlled nucleation and growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2107-2112
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation ( KOSEF M10755020001-08N5502-00110 ) and by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD), Basic Research Promotion Fund ( KRF-2009-0075768 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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