Doping of carbon nanotubes with nitrogen improves protein coverage whilst retaining correct conformation

01 September 2008

Hilary J Burch, Sonia Antoranz Contera, Maurits R R de Planque, Nicole Grobert and J F Ryan

Nanotechnology 19 384001 DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/38/384001

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Relevant parameters for non-covalent protein functionalization of carbon nanotubes are explored. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes are carboxylated and functionalized with metalloproteins. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) we quantitatively determine that coverage with nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes is superior compared to coverage with un-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes, due to enhanced carboxylation. Conformational analysis using a combination of AFM, antibody binding assays, circular dichroism and UV–visible spectroscopy demonstrates that the metalloproteins retain their native structure when adsorbed to nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes irrespective of their size, charge or folding motif.