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Program Highlights

Engineered Evolution of Inorganic-Binding Peptides

Based on the similarity of the sequences of combinatorially selected peptide 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.

Nonequilibrium Synthesis and Assembly of Hybrid Inorganic-Protein Nanostructures Using an Engineered DNA Binding Protein

Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Microbiology, University of Washington We show that a protein with no intrinsic inorganic synthesis activity can be endowed with the ability to control the formation of inorganic nanostructures under thermodynamically unfavorable (nonequilibrium) conditions, reproducing a key feature of biological hard-tissue growth and assembly.

14th Insulating Materials Conference

The Oklahoma-Arkansas MRSEC hosted the14th SIMC conference which engaged international participation from a diverse group of more than 30 nations. The technical sessions presented over 5 days with parallel sessions encompassed the transfer of many new and developing ideas, and the talks received the highest evaluation as indicated by the results of the conference survey.

Narrow Gap Semiconductor Structures for Electronic Device Applications

The explosion of interest in graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, has called attention to the advantages of materials with small effective masses. In our InSb quantum wells, the electron effective mass is as small as in graphene while the room-temperature

Design of tunable ferroelectric photonic structures

The IRG on ferroelectric nanophotonic materials and devices seeks to develop tunable photonic devices by combining the nonlinear dispersion of photonic metamaterials with the unusual optical properties of ferroelectric perovskites. A series of experimental tests and theoretical calculations have demonstrated the potential of this approach.

Woe to the Makers of Literal Translation

When proteins are made inside cells, genetic information (in the form of messenger RNA) must be "translated" into specific sequences of amino acid building blocks. Accurate translation is essential to the health of the cell, and the idea that "one gene gives one protein" emerged very early in the development of the field of molecular biology.

In Memorium of Marni Goldman

Marni Goldman, Education Director of CPIMA, died of natural causes in late February while on vacation with her family. Although she never walked and had only the most limited use of her arms, Marni's academic and professional accomplishments placed her in elite company, even as her friendships extended far and wide.

Microfluidic Device for DNA Dynamics in Mixed Flows

Susan J. Muller, University of California Berkeley, and Eric S.G. Shaqfeh, Stanford Highlight from Stanford MRSEC 0213618

Verticle Nanopore Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

Mike McGehee, Stanford University, Robert D. Miller, IBM Almaden Research Center, Joe DeSimone, University of North Carolina Highlight from Stanford MRSEC 0213618