The Intersection of Nanoscience and Biology

Organising protein fibrils (nanotubes) into higher order assemblies (Gerrard, Downard, Williams(D), Travas-Sejdic, Blaikie)

With collaborators in other Theme areas (particularly Themes 1 and 5), we will develop methods for organizing the fibrils into higher order structures and will explore the properties of the new materials.  

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Manipulation of Individual Biological Cells (Evans, Alkaisi, Williams(D), Partridge)

Novel physical technologies will be used for studying biological systems, and exocytosis in cancer cells will be studied using the biochip and BioImprint technologies we have developed.   Additionally, a new project has been established to investigate how cells interact with micro/nano patterns made of biocompatible materials. An investigation that will lead to bioactive/biocompatible coatings […]

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Shape and size control of nanocrystals for biomedical applications (Tilley, Williams(D), Hendy)

We are part of a multidisciplinary team developing magnetic nanoparticles and quantum dots (QDs) for biomedical applications.  We propose to extend the liquid phase synthesis of QDs to new materials containing silicon and germanium.  Biomolecules, such as antibodies, will be attached to the QD surface with the aim of targeted delivery of drugs to disease […]

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Tunable Nanopores for Genomics and Diagnostics (Willmott, Partridge, Tallon, Etchegoin, Tilley)

This objective aims to develop applications for tunable nanopores in collaboration with Izon Science, a Christchurch nanotechnology startup.  A long-term goal is to achieve sequential detection of bases on RNA or DNA segments as they pass through a nanopore. To do this, tunable nanopores are being studied in combination with plasmonic noble metal particles and […]

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The Intersection of Nanoscience and Biology

The biological, biomedical and medical applications of advanced materials and nanotechnology are some of the most exciting, novel and potentially, most life-enhancing.  This Theme was combined with Soft Materials under the new 4 Theme Structure in 2013 to form Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter. Understanding and exploiting the promise of biological systems is a complex and […]

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