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Ulijn Group at ASRC
The Strathclyde and New York sections of the Ulijn Group enjoyed an fun and action packed week in New York with our annual large group meeting followed by the Active & Adaptive Materials conference at ASRC.
Supramolecular Catalysis Under pH Control
Chunqiu's latest paper shows reversible regulation of catalytic activity of supramolecular peptide catalyst achieved by conformational transition from random coil to β-hairpin by changing the pH, which results in the reversible formation of an ordered array of 'active sites' composed of hydrophobic binding pockets and catalytic histidine residues with significant esterase activity. The work provides a step toward formation of self-regulating supramolecular assemblies.