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Workshop 5
Biomolecular Assemblies as Materials Synthesis Templates:
From Molecular Fundamentals to Energy and Environmental Sustainability Applications

May 5
Building 401, Room A5000
8:40 am – 12:25 pm

Organizers: Hyunmin Yi (Tufts University), and Qian Wang (University of South Carolina)

This workshop will focus on studies in harnessing the exquisite structural and chemical features of nanobiological template materials ranging from peptide assemblies to viruses for facile synthesis of functional materials.  In particular, research endeavors aimed at gaining fundamental understanding in molecular and nanoscale structures as well as emerging technologies for applications in catalytic, energy, and environmental sustainability applications will be presented.  

The topic of biotemplated inorganic materials synthesis has attracted significant attention in the last decade because it offers the potential to exploit properties nature has already provided to biologically derived materials and interactions.  In particular, viral and peptide assemblies have recently been employed in a variety of studies for precise control over dimensions, structures, and assembly features.  Such materials also have the potential to be genetically engineered to confer and manipulate properties such as chemical functionality and size.  For example, tubular (tobacco mosaic virus), filamentous (M13 bacteriophage), and icosahedral (cowpea mosaic virus) viruses have been enlisted for metal nanoparticle synthesis toward nanoelectronics, catalysis, and battery applications.  Importantly, X-ray scattering techniques are emerging as versatile tools to examine delicate and dynamic nanoscale phenomena that cannot be accessed via traditional techniques.  This workshop will bring together experts working on major issues in the field and applications of X-ray techniques. 


Abstracts linked if text and permission received.

Session 1 — Chair, Hyunmin Yi
8:40 – 8:45 Hyunmin Yi
8:45 – 9:20 Gerard Wong (Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles)
"How to Grow Different Crystal Structures using the Same Virus" [abstract]
9:20 – 9:55 Millicent A. Firestone (Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory)
"Dual Ionic and Electronic Transport in Biologically Inspired Polymers"

9:55 – 10:30 Qian Wang (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina)
"Controlled Assembly of Viral Nanoparticles for Biomaterials Development" [abstract]
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
Session 2 — Chair, Qian Wang
10:45 – 11:10 Hyunmin Yi (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University)
"Viral Templated Palladium Nanocatalysis" [abstract]
11:10 – 11:45 James N. Culver (Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research & Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland)
"An Infectious Approach to Biofabrication" [abstract]
11:45 – 12:20 Matthew B. Francis (Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley)
"Using Synthetically Modified Proteins to Build Integrated Photocatalytic Systems" [abstract]
12:20 – 12:25 Hyunmin Yi and Qian Wang
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