Coloquio de Física - Bridging the gap between Biology and nanomaterials: insight from theory and simulation
Departamentos Ciencias - Sección Física
Ponente: Ravindra Pandey (Michigan Technological University, EE.UU.) Materials and structures at the nanoscale have attracted a lot of interest due to their potential applications in biosensing, luminescent probes for DNA, drug delivery, etc. Gaining fundamental understanding of the interaction of bio-systems with materials is therefore critical for application of nanomaterials in health-related areas. In this talk, we will consider the examples of interaction of biomolecules such as dopamine, nucleobases of DNA and RNA, amino acid molecules with nanostructures including metallic nanoparticles, graphene, CNT, and BNNTs. Since these interactions appear in aqueous environments, the role of the solvent effect will also be investigated. Additionally, we will look into permeation of metallic clusters into lipid membranes to gain insights into toxicity induced by the ultrafine metallic nanoparticles at the cellular level.