Self-assembly of DNA–tetraphenylethylene amphiphiles into DNA-grafted nanosheets as a support for the immobilization of gold nanoparticles: a recyclable catalyst with enhanced activity†
Preventing the aggregation of NPs and their recovery are the two major hurdles in NP based catalysis. Immobilization of NPs on a support has proven to be a promising strategy to overcome these difficulties. Herein we report the design of high aspect ratio two-dimensional (2D) crystalline DNA nanosheets formed from the amphiphilicity-driven self-assembly of DNA-tetraphenylethylene amphiphiles and also demonstrate the potential of DNA nanosheets for the immobilization of catalytically active NPs. The most remarkable feature of this approach is the high loading of NPs in a non-aggregated manner, and hence exhibiting enhanced catalytic activity. Recycling of NP loaded nanosheets for several cycles without reduction in catalytic efficiency by simple ultrafiltration is also demonstrated.