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Biofunctionalised Nanotools for New Materials Design

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Recent developments in nanotechnology, in particular in preparation of different classes of nanoparticles, have enable design of novel devices with wider technological applications in medicine, biology and renewable energy research. Important aspect of the device design is the availability of the suitable materials. Nano-bio hybrids comprised of the chemically modified nanostructures and biologically available molecules (i.e DNA and proteins) proved beneficial as controllable material elements for preparation of biosensors, drug delivery systems and optoelectronic devices. Within this talk a chemical synthesis of multifunctional linkers as well as new strategies for biomolecule and nanoparticle modification will be presented with focus on their application for synthesis of new materials such as nanocomposite biopolymers for tissue engineering or dopamine coated titanium oxide hybrids for photocatalysis. Finally, an overview of the expected near future developments will be given with particular emphasis on challenges and possible solutions the field of nanobiotechnology is faced with.

This talk is part of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Flows (IEEF) series.

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