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Photoswitchable Catalysis by a Nanozyme Mediated by a Light-Sensitive Cofactor

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posted on 25.01.2017, 00:00 by Simona Neri, Sergio Garcia Martin, Cristian Pezzato, Leonard J. Prins
The activity of a gold nanoparticle-based catalyst can be reversibly up- and down-regulated by light. Light is used to switch a small molecule between cis- and trans-isomers, which inhibits the catalytic activity of the nanoparticles to different extent. The system is functional in aqueous buffer, which paves the way for integrating the system in biological networks.