Our main research directions are focused on the use of specific interactions between biological molecules for self-assembly of nanostructured materials. The questions we are addressing span from how different types of interactions define the structure in the hybrid bio-molecular/inorganic nanomaterials, to more practical aspects of the how the structure affects the properties of the assembled systems, in particular optical properties.
M. M. Maye, K. Mudalidge, D. Nykypanchuk, W. Sherman, and O. Gang, Molecularly Switchable Nanoparticle Superlattices and Clusters with Binary States NatureNanotechnology 2, 116, 2010.
M.M. Maye, D. Nykypanchuk, M. Cuisinier, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang Stepwise Surface Encoding for High-Throughput Assembly of Nanoclusters Nature Materials 8, 388, 2009.
D. Nykypanchuk, M. M. Maye, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang DNA-Guided Crystallization of Colloidal Nanoparticles Nature 451, 549, 2008
D. Nykypanchuk, M. M. Maye, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang DNA-Based Approach for Interparticle Interaction Control Langmuir 23, 6405, 2007.
D. Nykypanchuk, H.H. Strey, D.A. Hoagland, Brownian Motion of DNA Confined within a Two-Dimensional Array Science 297, 987, 2002.