Self-Assembling DNA templates for programmed artificial biomineralization


Complex materials with micron-scale dimensions and nanometre-scale feature resolution created via engineered DNA self-assembly represent an important new class of soft matter. These assemblies are increasingly being exploited as templates for the programmed assembly of functional inorganic materials that have not conventionally lent themselves to organization by molecular recognition processes. The current challenge is to apply these bioinspired DNA templates toward the fabrication of composite materials for use in electronics, photonics, and other fields of technology. This highlight focuses on methods we consider most useful for integration of DNA templated structures into functional composite nanomaterials, particularly, organization of preformed nanoparticles and metallization procedures. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011.





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Samano, Enrique C, Mauricio Pilo-Pais, Sarah Goldberg, Briana N Vogen, Gleb Finkelstein and Thomas H LaBean (2011). Self-Assembling DNA templates for programmed artificial biomineralization. Soft Matter, 7(7). pp. 3240–3245. 10.1039/c0sm01318h Retrieved from

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Gleb Finkelstein

Professor of Physics

Gleb Finkelstein is an experimentalist interested in physics of quantum nanostructures, such as Josephson junctions and quantum dots made of carbon nanotubes, graphene, and topological materials. These objects reveal a variety of interesting electronic properties that may form a basis for future quantum devices.

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