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    The Role of the Amino Acid Molecular Characteristics on the Formation of Fluorescent Gold‚Äź and Silver‚ÄźBased Nanoclusters

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    Role of amino acids like L-phenylalanine (Phe), L- glutamine (Gln) and L-arginine (Arg) is described and interpreted in terms of their potential for preparation of fluorescent molecular-like gold and silver nanostructures. We are among the first to demonstrate the effect of syntheses conditions as well as the molecular characteristics of Phe, Gln and Arg amino acids on the structure of the formed products. Comprehensive optical characterizations (lifetime, quantum yield (QY%)) of the blue-emitting products were also carried out. It was confirmed that for all Au-containing samples and for Gln-Ag system the characteristic fluorescence originates from few-atomic metallic nanoclusters (NCs) where the reduction of metal ions was promoted by citrate in some cases. Relatively high QY% (~18%) was obtained for Arg-stabilized Au NCs due to the existence of an electrostatic interaction between the electron rich, positively charged guanidium side chain of Arg and the negatively charged carboxylate group of citrate on the metallic surface. Size and structural analysis of the products were evaluated by infrared measurements and dynamic light scattering techniques