Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) Peptide Conjugates in Water

Authors: Mba, Miriam; Moretto, Alessandro; Armelao, Lidia; Crisma, Marco; Toniolo, Claudio; Maggini, Michele; Chemistry - A European Journal; (2011); 10.1002/chem.201002495

Fluorescent hydrogels : Peptide hybrids composed of an oligo(p ‐phenylenevinylene)‐based ω‐amino acid and a β‐sheet‐forming sequence reversibly self‐assemble into fluorescent hydrogels upon a change in pH (see graphic). This study highlights how the combination of peptides and π‐conjugated oligomers could be a fruitful approach towards the control of self‐assembled structures.