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Dec 13
14:00 - 15:00
Ass.-Prof Michael Reithofer (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Vienna): From Molecules to Self-Assembly and Beyond
Physical Sciences colloquia

Inspired by nature's ability to use small building blocks to form complex functional materials, we strive to understand and utilize such concepts to develop materials made of small biomolecules, which can be utilized for medical and optical applications. For example, self-assembling ultrashort peptides, which are able to form hydrogels, possess a great potential for medical applications. We demonstrate the use of such peptides for local drug delivery, and as template for the in situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles. Furthermore, positron emission tomography studies of these self-assembling peptides revealed their potential to selectively deliver anti-inflammatory drugs.

The talk will also discuss our efforts in utilizing the natural chiral pool to develop gold nanoparticles with chiroptical properties. Finally, examples of our work on small molecule activation and MOF chemistry will also be discussed.

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