(Nanowerk News) Soft matterthose materials that easily deform or structurally change with thermal fluctuations or weak forcesoften have the ability to spontaneously form complex structures through the self-organization of molecules. Everyday items such as soaps and detergents and liquid crystal displays in electronic devices are made of these materials. But it is nature that has really perfected the art of molecular self-assembly.
Why is DNA attractive for the self-assembly of new nanoscale materials?
When did scientists begin using DNA in this other senseas a tool for the guided self-assembly of nanomaterials? What are some of the other tools that scientists are exploring?
Molecules and nanoscale objects can self-assemble into one-, two-, or three-dimensional structures. What are the advantages and challenges of using DNA to control the placement of nanoparticles in these different dimensions?
How do you study these DNA hybrid nanomaterials without disturbing their natural structure?
What do you mean by dynamic structures?
It sounds like there are a lot of potential applications for your research. In general, what is the end goal?
Self-assembled materials by design is one of the CFN strategic themes, and this theme seems to perfectly align with your work. How did you come to join the CFN?
What is a typical day at the CFN?
What are some of the projects that you are currently helping users with, and how do these interactions impact your own research?
The scientists and users at the CFN have different backgrounds not only in terms of their scientific research but also culturally, as many of them come from all around the world. What is it like being part of this multicultural environment?
What does your interest in scienceand DNA-based nanoparticle self-assembly in particularstem from?
What has been the most rewarding experience of your career?
How do you share your passion for discovery with others?
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