Self-assembly has been likened to taking a jigsaw puzzle box, shaking it and when you open the box you find the jigsaw puzzle correctly made! As research in this field develops, we are continually finding more and more naturally occurring self-assembly systems in the complex world around us.
The breadth of application of self-assembly vast and this educational webinar will focus on:
- Using Self-Assembled Monolayers and Mass Spectrometry for BioChip Applications
- Self and Directed Assembly for the Control of Single Molecule Environments
A lot of the work in self assembly is now being inspired from recent advances in micro and nanoscale science. Self-assembly allows researchers to place single molecules and larger groups into precisely controlled environments on surfaces. These monolayer matrices as well as the inserted molecules can be designed so as to interact directly, to give stability and other properties to supramolecular assemblies. New families of molecules are being developed to yield even greater control and are enabling controlled chemical patterning from the sub-nanometer to the centimeter scales. At the same time, a suite of tools is being developed to give unprecedented information on the structures and properties of these assemblies.
In the biological arena, these assemblies can take the form of biochips. Again, using self-assembly, a precise array of proteins, peptides, carbohydrates or other molecules can be localized to a flat substrate. They are then used in numerous applications from high throughput screening to the profiling of enzyme specificities or cellular lysates (for enzymatic activities).
Who is the webinar aimed at:
- Alternative energy researchers
- Surface chemists
- Mass spec audience
- Organic Electronics
- Polymer Science
- Molecular Electronics
A number of biological audiences such as:
- Enzyme researchers