New patent describes carbon nanotube binding peptides

(Nanowerk News) Four scientists have invented carbon nanotube binding peptides. The U.S. Patent was issued on Nov. 9 (No. 7,829,504). The co-inventors are Siqun Wang, Wilmington, Del.; Anand Jagota, Bethlehem, Pa.; Hong Wang, Kennett Square, Pa.; and Steven Raymond Lustig, Landenberg, Pa.
An abstract of the invention, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, states: "Peptides have been generated that have binding affinity to carbon nanostructures and particularly carbon nanotubes. Peptides of or the invention are generally about twelve amino acids in length. Methods for generating carbon nanotube binding peptides are also disclosed."
The patent was assigned to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, Del. The application was filed on Feb. 13, 2006 (No. 11/352,582), and the document is available here.
Source: USPTO