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 challenging task which is best addressed through a multi-disciplinary approach. This theme combines a group of researchers who, together with their collaborators, have a unique set of skills and facilities to tackle research problems at the intersection of nanoscience and biology.
Additionally, we continuously endeavour to identify productive new research partnerships in academia and industry, especially through collaborative platforms such as the Institute’s ‘Bionanonetwork’.
In bionanotechnology, the biological world can act as either the inspiration or the end-goal, and our work covers both. Research topics use biological building blocks and biomimicry, or physical nanotechnologies, applied to biological investigations. In each case, dedicated physical sciences expertise from across the Institute contributes to the research.