Bio-inspired Polymers as Nano-scale Building Materials


"Bio-inspired Polymers as Nano-scale Building Materials"

Ronald Zuckerman, Ph. D.
Lead Scientist, Biological Nanstructures Facility
The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Peptoids are a novel class of non-natural biopolymer based on an N-substituted glycine backbone that are ideally suited for nanomaterials research.  This bioinspired material has many unique properties that bridge the gap between proteins and bulk polymers.  Like proteins, they are a sequence-specific heteropolymer, capable of folding into specific shapes and exhibiting potent biological activities; and like bulk polymers they are chemically and biologically stable and relatively cheap to make.  Peptoids are efficiently assembled via automated solid-phase synthesis from hundreds of chemically diverse building blocks allowing the rapid generation of huge combinatorial libraries.  This provides a platform to discover nanostructured materials capable of protein-like molecular recognition and function.  Applications include materials for nucleic acid delivery, chemical and biological sensing and artificial proteins.

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Wednesday, January 16


Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
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