VU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Friday, April 16, at 3:20 PM in NSC 224. Join us for refreshments in NSC 231 at 3:05 PM.

The Structure of Nanobio Materials

Dr. Andrew Richter, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Valparaiso University

Nanomaterials hold great promise for revolutionizing fields as far flung as material science, energy, and medicine. This last area in particular is generating a lot of activity because nanomaterials can be created that mimic nature’s own nanomaterials (proteins, liposomes, ribosomes, etc.) both in their formation and their function. Furthermore, through rational design, these bio-inspired nanomaterials can be harnessed to diagnose conditions, deliver pharmaceuticals, and cure diseases that have so far been intractable. In order to engineer nanomaterials to successfully, efficiently, and safely achieve these goals, it is vital to understand how their structure and function are related. In this talk I will present some of the bio-inspired nanomaterials that I have been studying with collaborators from the University of Memphis and elsewhere, beginning with their creation using a bio-templating scheme, and ending with an evaluation of their structures using small angle neutron scattering.