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Lecture Giacinto Scoles


09 September 2008 FWN-Building 5111.0022, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Prof. Giacinto Scoles
Affiliation: Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Studies, Trieste
Title: The surface physics and chemistry of nanostructured bio-polymers: New aspects and applications
Date: Tue Sep 9, 2008
Start: 16.00
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0022
Host: Erik Kerstel (CIO) and Petra Rudolf
Telephone: + 31 50 363 4759 / 4736


The physical-chemical behavior of surface - bound biopolymeric nanostructures will be contrasted with the behavior of the same systems in solution and in macroscopic (extended) Self Assembled Monolayers (SAMs). Nanoscale Assembled Monolayers (NAMs) of single stranded - DNA assembled under the action of a AFM tip are more ordered than SAMs , hybridize much more easily at high coverage than SAMs and allow for the monitoring of the effect of coverage (crowding) on, for instance, enzymatic reactions.

NAMs of proteins will be shown, instead, to allow for the monitoring of, for instance, protein - sugar binding equilibria for maltose binding protein. We will close the talk by showing that these new surface nananalytical chemistry methods are very likely to allow in the near future major improvements in our ability to diagnose and even treat human diseases.

Giacinto Scoles teaches and conducts research at Princeton University in the fall. In winter and spring he divides his time between the biophysics and condensed matter departments at the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati and the Elettra Synchrotron Laboratory in Trieste, Italy.

He is an elected fellow of the UK Royal Society and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among other honors, he received the Lippincot Award (OSA), the Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and, jointly with J. Peter Toennies, the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal for his work on ultra - cold helium nanodroplets.

For more information contact Erik Kerstel ( or Petra Rudolf (


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