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DNA-Directed Assembly of Nanophase Materials: An Updated Review

Abstract

DNA nanotechnology makes use of DNA strands to build highly engineerable supramolecular structures from the bottom-up. Such a research field has been experiencing a fruitful development during the past decades. In materials science, an ambitious goal is to obtain materials with designable structures and predictable functions based on a suitable synthetic strategy. The rapid growth and expansion of the area of DNA nanotechnology have provided a useful technological platform suitable to demonstrate DNA’s unique roles in nanomaterials science. Although nanoparticle-based materials have been employed for controllable DNA conjugation and DNA-programmable self-assembly, some challenges still exist. In this chapter, we try to highlight the latest developments in DNA-directed nanophase materials, including new strategies for DNA decoration of gold and carbon-based nanomaterials, DNA origami-based nanoassembly templates, and DNA-conjugated non-gold nanoparticles with specifiable bonding valences, in response to the challenges we are currently facing.

Keywords

  • DNA
  • Nanomaterial
  • Assembly
  • Programmability
  • Conjugation

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Financial support from NSFC (Grant No. 21273214, 91023005, and 20873134) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. WK206019, WK207019, and WK2060190018) was gratefully acknowledged.

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Wang, H., Deng, Z. (2013). DNA-Directed Assembly of Nanophase Materials: An Updated Review. In: Fan, C. (eds) DNA Nanotechnology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36077-0_8

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