Squishy Physics at the Bio-Nano Interface

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Date/Time:Monday, 07 Feb 2011 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:Physics, Room 5
Phone:515-294-9901
Channel:Colloquium
Categories:Lectures
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Sanjeevi Sivasankar (Iowa State University)

The study of squishy matter at the interface of biology and nanotechnology, where physics occurs at energy scales comparable with room temperature-thermal energy, is a rapidly growing field of science. In this talk I will review recent advances my group has made in four areas of physics at the bio-nano interface (i) manipulating mass transport in drops using nanoparticles (ii) engineering stimuli-responsive biomaterials (iii) manipulating single molecules while simultaneously characterizing their optical properties and (iv) resolving biomolecular interactions at the single molecule level.