Peptide based nanomaterials with life-like functions

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Online IBEC Seminar

by Mohit Kumar, Molecular Bionics group at IBEC


Chemists’ curiosity to create life de novo has sought inspiration from biological systems. In nature, self-assembled nanostructures constantly form and degrade which provides unique features like on-demand function, adaptation, temporal and spatial control. Such processes are enabled by the metabolism and the ability to consume chemical energy to perform useful work. However, these features are not trivial to obtain in synthetic systems. My talk will show that now peptide based self-assembled materials can also form and degrade over time and their nanostructures and functions can be regulated in time by consuming chemical fuel. Furthermore, by using super-resolution imaging dynamic transformations in solution can be probed in real-time, in situ.


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