Jump to main content
Jump to site search


Photochemistry of ferritin decorated with plasmonic gold nanoparticles

Author affiliations

Abstract

The photochemistry of a plasmonic biomaterial that consisted of gold nanoparticles (AuNP) on the exterior of the iron sequestration protein, ferritin (Ftn), was investigated. The light driven photochemistry of the hybrid system was studied mechanistically and for the reduction of the high priority pollutant, chromate, Cr(VI) as CrO42−. In the absence of aqueous Cr(VI), but in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor, the Fe(III) oxyhydroxide semiconducting core of Ftn underwent a photoreaction to release Fe(II) when exposed to light having wavelengths, λ < 475 nm. AuNP grown on the exterior of the Ftn produced plasmonic heterostructures (Au/Ftn) that allowed similar photochemistry to occur at longer wavelengths of light (i.e., λ > 475 nm). Au/Ftn also facilitated the reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) in the presence of visible light (λ > 475 nm), a reaction that was not observed if AuNP were not attached to the Ftn cage. Results also indicated that AuNP need to be intimately bound to Ftn to extend the photochemistry of Au/Ftn to longer light wavelengths, relative to Au-free Ftn.

Graphical abstract: Photochemistry of ferritin decorated with plasmonic gold nanoparticles

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 10 Sep 2018, accepted on 22 Nov 2018 and first published on 27 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8EN01000E
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2019, Advance Article
  •   Request permissions

    Photochemistry of ferritin decorated with plasmonic gold nanoparticles

    E. B. Cerkez, K. G. Dutton, Y. G. Ghidey, M. A. Kukulka, A. M. Valentine and D. R. Strongin, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8EN01000E

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements