Bimetallic nanoparticles remain a promising avenue to achieve highly reactive catalysts. In this contribution, we demonstrate the use of a photoswitchable peptide for the production of PdAu bimetallic nanoparticles at a variety of Pd?:?Au ratios. Using this peptide, the biomolecular overlayer structure can be switched between two different conformations (cis vs. trans)vialight irradiation, thus accessing two different surface structures. The composition and arrangement of the materials was fully characterized, including atomic-level analyses, after which the reactivity of the bimetallic materials was explored using the reduction of 4-nitrophenol as a model system. Using these materials, it was demonstrated that the reactivity was maximized for the particles prepared at a Pd?:?Au ratio of 1?:?3 and with the peptide in thecisconformation. Such results present routes to a new generation of catalysts that could be remotely activated for on/off reactivity as a function of the ligand overlayer conformation.
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