DNA Origami and G‐Quadruplex Hybrid Complexes Induce Size Control of Single- Walled Carbon Nanotubes via Biological Activation

DNA self-assembly has enabled the programmable fabrication of nanoarchitectures, and these nano-architectures combined with nanomaterials have provided several applications. Here, we develop an approach for cutting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) of predetermined lengths, using DNA origami and G-quadruplex hybrid complexes. This approach is based on features of DNA: (1) wrapping SWNTs with DNA to improve the dispersibility of SWNTs in water; (2) using G-quadruplex DNA to confine hemin in close proximity to SWNTs and enhance the biological activation of hydrogen peroxide by hemin; and (3) forming DNA origami platforms to allow for the precise placement of G-quadruplexes, enabling size control. These integrated features of DNA allow for temporally efficient cutting of SWNTs into desired lengths, thus expanding the availability of SWNTs for applications in the fields of nanoelectronics, nanomedicine, nanomaterials, and quantum physics, as well as in fundamental studies.

Hiroshi Atsumi and Angela M. Belcher
ACS Nano
Volume: 12
Number: 8
Pages: 7986–7995
Date: July, 2018
ICB Affiliated Authors: Angela M Belcher