A Dartmouth College scientist and his collaborators have created an artificial protein that organizes new materials at the nanoscale.
“This is a proof-of-principle study demonstrating that proteins can be used as effective vehicles for organizing nano-materials by design,” says senior author Gevorg Grigoryan, an assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth. “If we learn to do this more generally – the programmable self-assembly of precisely organized molecular building blocks — this will lead to a range of new materials towards a host of applications, from medicine to energy.”
The study appears in the journal in Nature Communications. A PDF is available on request.