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Three-Dimensional Uracil Network with Sodium as a Linker

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posted on 2016-10-28, 00:00 authored by Zivile Giedraityte, Olga Lopez-Acevedo, Leonardo A. Espinosa Leal, Ville Pale, Jani Sainio, Tripurari S. Tripathi, Maarit Karppinen
Here we show that uracil and sodium form a three-dimensional metal-mediated nucleic acid network; it is grown in atomic/molecular layer-by-layer manner using the atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD) thin-film technique. The long-range ordered Na–uracil crystalline structure is evidenced as sharp Bragg reflections. Based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations, a tetrameric-like crystal structure is proposed. Na–uracil thin films are fluorescent with a lifetime 3 orders of magnitude higher than commonly seen for nucleic acid molecules. Our method provides a new approach to designing 3D nucleic acid–metal nanostructures.