Minimalistic Peptide Nanotechnology

This is perhaps the most diverse research theme in our lab, focused on the identification of molecular functions in very short peptides. Examples include the identification of tripeptides with sequence-dependent properties, including self-assembly, compartmentalization, chemical-induced actuation and responsiveness, reactivity and catalysis. The simplicity of these structures demonstrates how sequence has a profound impact on molecular conformations that in turn dictates the properties. A range of applications are explored with collaborators, in the areas of energy harvesting, cosmetics, food science and biomedicine.

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