Interfacing Nanoscience and Biomedical Research
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University
This talk gives an overview of our on-going nanomaterials research, aiming to provide more rapid, sensitive, and accurate detection in biology and medicine. This talk will highlight various nanomaterials we synthesize and the unique properties of these nanomaterials we exploit for enhanced biomedical detection. Specifically, this talk will present our research effort on the remarkably enhanced detection of important biomarkers pertinent to cancer diagnosis and early disease detection. This enhanced optical detection is enabled by the use of nanoscale zinc oxide platforms. The talk will also present our endeavor on the nanoscale self-assembly of protein molecules into periodic patterns. Chemical heterogeneity of the nanoscale polymeric surfaces and the resulting interfaces between immiscible polymer blocks play an important role in protein adsorption and assembly.