Nano Research

, Volume 8, Issue 11, pp 3630–3638 | Cite as

Growth control of peptide-nanotube spherulitic films: Experiments and simulations

  • Netta Hendler
  • Elad Mentovich
  • Bálint Korbuly
  • Tamás Pusztai
  • László GránásyEmail author
  • Shachar RichterEmail author
Research Article


Multi-hierarchical self-assembly (MHSA) is a key process responsible for the spontaneous formation of many complex structures. However, because of the complexity of the process, the underlying mechanism remains largely unclear. Thus, a deeper understanding of MHSA is required, especially for the preparation of MHSA systems via bottom-up methodologies. We show here, experimentally and theoretically, that the complex-formation MHSA of peptide nanotube films can be controlled solely by manipulating the experimental parameter of humidity. Furthermore, we identify growth-front nucleation (GFN; the formation of new grains at the perimeter) as the physical background for the observed morphological transitions by correlating experimental observations with phase-field modeling of the morphological evolution. Our findings indicate a simple way to control multi-hierarchical morphologies, crucial for the employment of bottom-up techniques in constructing complex structures for practical applications.


multi-hierarchical self-assembly growth-front nucleation peptide nanotubes spherulite crystallization experiment vs. phase-field modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Netta Hendler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elad Mentovich
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bálint Korbuly
    • 3
  • Tamás Pusztai
    • 3
  • László Gránásy
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Shachar Richter
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringTel Aviv UniversityRamat Aviv, Tel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Center for Nanoscience and NanotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityRamat Aviv, Tel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Wigner Research Centre for PhysicsBudapestHungary
  4. 4.Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification TechnologyBrunel UniversityUxbridge, MiddlesexUK

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