Welcome to DD LAB:
An exciting structural and functional overlap of synthetic organic chemistry with nanomaterials and biomolecules is being observed in our lab.
We are currently excited about:
1. Synthesis and Applications of Functional Amyloids:
The struggle of weak forces creates some of the most robust functional structures known in Nature-taking a leaf out of Nature’s book, soft nanostructures with patterned cross β-facets will be created with properties resonating with diverse fields.
Self-constructing peptide lipid chimeras capable of accessing diverse nanophases will be designed. These dynamic nanostructures connected by a network of thermodynamic equilibria will be scored for unique emergent properties.
Soft materials will be fabricated from unique molecular Lego pieces encoded (installed) with specific moieties for diverse functions: from energy transfer to enzyme matrices
2. Dissipative Self-Assembly:
The energetically uphill processes of self-assembly often seen in Nature will be foreshadowed in synthetic systems. Consumption of energy will give rise to structures with functional properties with an added dimension of time.
Filamentous proteins seen in cytoskeleton display out-of equilibrium generation of polymeric phases and dissipate energy by virtue of accelerated catalysis from the polymerized states. Realization of such temporal structures with ability to perform functions will be targeted.