Self-assembly enables formation of incredibly diverse supramolecular structures with practically important functions from simple and inexpensive building blocks. Here, we show how a semirational, bottom-up approach to create emerging properties can be extended to a design of highly enantioselective catalytic nanoassemblies. The designed peptides comprising as few as two amino acid residues spontaneously self-assemble in the presence of metal ions to form supramolecular, vesicle-like nanoassemblies that promote transfer hydrogenation of ketones in an aqueous phase with excellent conversion rates and enantioselectivities (>90% ee).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Materials Science
- General Engineering
- General Physics and Astronomy