DNA used to guide self-assembly of nanostructures

from the inspired-by-nature dept.
Saturngraphix spotted this press release about Purdue chemist Hicham Fenniriís work using DNA to guide the self-assembly of nanoscale structures: "Inspired by nature's own building blocks, Purdue University researchers are using the same principle that makes DNA strands link together to create tiny structures that may someday be used to manufacture molecular wires and other components for use in nanometer-sized electronic devices."

According to the release, the new technique will allow scientists to use self-assembly techniques to develop nanoscale structures with specific dimensions and chemical properties, and may help pave the way for designing new materials, electronic devices and drug delivery systems. Fenniriís research will be detailed in the 25 April 2001 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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