Biocompatible and Biomimetic Self-Assembly of Functional Nanostructures
Technical Report,01 Feb 2014,31 Jan 2017
University Of New Mexico Albuquerque United States
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Our bio-compatible and biomimetic research has been focused on the use of living cells, biomolecular interfaces and bio-mimetic processes to direct the formation of new classes of complex, symbiotic, hierarchical materials with life-like structure and functionality. This aim is predicated on two principal goals 1 use of livingfixed cells to direct the formation of new classes of complex, hierarchical materials with lifelike or new structures and functionality, evidenced by the preservation of cell and organism structure in silica with sub 10-nm fidelity through a reaction with silicic acid, and transformation of these replicates to carbon or carbonsilica hybrids, enabling multiscale imaging without loss of resolution and 2 use of self assembly to create engineered nano-to-microscale environments to direct new cellular behavior and confer enhanced biomolecular stability.