The webinar will cover the following topics:

Phospholipids as a biocompatible ink for dip-pen nanolithography (Steven Lenhert)

Being a major structural and functional component of biological membranes, phospholipids are compatible with the vast array of molecular resources provided by nature.  Incorporation of biofunctional lipids into the ink allows the subcellular patterning of multiple proteins under the area of a single cell.  Furthermore, the capability of fabricating arbitrary nanopatterns with innately biofunctional lipids opens new possibilities in the fabrication of nanostructured biosensor elements.

Parallel Deposition and Orthogonal Tagging of Functionalized Hydrogels using DPN (Paul Stiles)

A method for the parallel deposition of functionalized nanoscale hydrogels is discussed.  The method is completely general and can be used to simultaneously pattern multiple arrays of proteins, peptides, nanoparticles or any combination of the three.  Utilizing existing proteomics chemistry, we see how we can orthogonally react multiple molecules/nanoparticles to their predetermined nanoscale hydrogel array in a single step.                     

Micro and Nanoscale Approaches for Interfacing with the Nervous System (Justin Williams)

In this presentation a variety of approaches is reviewed for controlling the adhesion, growth and interconnectivity of neurons in culture.  A number of new and very promising approaches for studying neuronal cells, which integrate microfluidic systems with microelectronics and micro/nano protein patterning is also discussed.  Finally, the development of various microfluidic and micropatterning approaches for controlling the local microenvironment of neural cells in micro-culture devices is described.

This webinar will be of value to material and life scientists, biologists, physicists and all researchers with an interest in nanotechnology.