Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science

Our mission is to discover and develop bio-inspired systems that reveal new connections between energy and matter.


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Research Highlight

Self-Assembled Three-Dimensional Chiral Colloidal Architecture: Uniquely Left or Uniquely Right Handed

Main steps of synthesis – A DNA origami complex is mixed with complementary DNA coated colloids to controllably self assemble either left handed or right handed clusters. Scale Bars are 2 microns.

We used DNA nanotechnology to self-assemble uniquely left handed or right handed micron scale colloidal clusters - a step toward freeform architecture. Read More