Henry Hess: Engineering with Biomolecular Motors
A plenary presentation from SPIE Photonics West 2019.
Motor proteins, including kinesin, can serve as biological components in engineered nanosystems. A proof-of-principle application is a "smart dust" biosensor for the remote detection of biological and chemical agents. The development of this system requires the integration of a diverse set of technologies, illustrates the complexity of biophysical mechanisms, and enables the formulation of general principles for nanoscale engineering.
In this Nano/Biophotonics plenary presentation, Henry Hess of Columbia University discusses his group's most recent work, in which they created a molecular system that is capable of dynamically assembling and disassembling its building blocks while retaining its functionality, and demonstrates the possibility of self-healing and adaptation. Optical techniques are a key tool to interrogate and interact with these nanosystems as they enable non-destructive measurements with nanometer precision as well as the control of chemical events at the nanoscale.
Hess' presentation highlights the important contributions of photonics to the study of active nanosystems.
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