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Program Highlights

Microtubules in Capped Channels: The Persistence of Circulation

Research

In eukaryotic cells, kinesin motor proteins transport intracellular cargo along microtubules, 25 nm protein filaments that form the cell cytoskeleton.

(2006)

Catalytic Pumping: Electrokinesis arrested

Research

In 2004, a Penn State MRSEC team showed that bimetallic platinum/gold nanorods could swim at speeds up to 20 microns per second by catalyzing the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.

(2006)

Magnetic Frustration by Design: Spins Can't Always Get What They Want

Research

Frustration is not only a state of mind, but also a state of matter wherein the interactions among different subunits cannot all be satisfied.

(2006)

Molecular Rulers: A Marriage of Molecules and Metal

Research

Molecules come in well-defined lengths: Penn State MRSEC researchers have invented a technique called "Molecular Rulers," in which molecular layers of precisely defined widths coat preexisting structures and form templates for patterning new structures with ever-smaller dimens

(2006)

Fiber Integration: Semiconductors encased in glass

Research

Penn State researchers John Badding, Venkat Gopalan and Vincent Crespi, working in close collaboration with Pier Sazio at the University of Southhampton, have succeeded in a task that at first sight may seem impossible: depositing uniform, dense conformal semic

(2006)

Nanocar: Smooth Ride on Fullerene Wheels

Research

In MRSEC-sponsored research, Kevin Kelly, Andrew Osgood, Yasuhiro Shirai, James Tour and Yuming Zhao at Rice university have produced a nanometer-scale car with fullerene wheels that rotate

(2006)

Engineered Evolution of Inorganic-Binding Peptides

Research

Based on the similarity of the sequences of combinatorially selected peptides that have similar binding characteristics, we developed a bioinformatics approach that provides a general and simple methodology to quantitatively categorize a large number of inorganic binding peptides.

(2006)

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