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April 25 2019 11:59

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Nanocages in the lab and in the computer

How to create nanocages, i.e., robust and stable objects with regular voids and tunable properties? Short segments of DNA molecules are perfect candidates for the controllable design of novel complex structures. Clemens Jochum and Gerhard Kahl from our group and Nataša Adžić and Christos Likos from the University of Vienna along with experimentalists from Foschungszentrum Jülich and Cornell University investigated methodologies to synthesize DNA-based dendrimers in the lab and to predict their behaviour using detailed computer simulations. The results were published in RSC Nanoscale. This research project is supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The computational calculations were in part performed on the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC).

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Published and featured as a backcover article in RSC Nanoscale: C. Jochum, N. Adžić, E. Stiakakis, T. L. Derrien, D Luo, G. Kahl, C. N. Likos: Structure and stimuli-responsiveness of all-DNA dendrimers: theory and experiment, Nanoscale, 11, 1604-1617 (2019).

Emanuela Bianchi awarded START grant 2018

We are very happy and proud to announce that Emanuela Bianchi was awarded a START grant by the FWF for her research proposal "Heterogeneously Charged Colloids for Materials Design". The START Programme targets outstanding young researchers of any discipline and aims to provide researchers with long-term and extensive financial security to plan their research and to build up their own research groups thereby qualifying themselves for senior research positions. Every year only six researchers, who need to provide an excellent research proposal and an exceptional international track record, are awarded this prestigious prize, which comes with funding from 800.000 € up to 1.200.000 €. We wish Emanuela all the best with her research project.

Featured in the newsletter by TU Wien: Drei START-Preise für die TU Wien

Emanuela Bianchi (letft) is one of the three recipients of the 2018 START grants at TU Wien.

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