Chemistry Seminar Series: Professor Alaaeddin AlsbaieeExport this event to calendar

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — 2:30 PM EDT

Towards Bioactive Rosette Nanotubes for Biomedical Applications

Professor Alaaeddin Alsbaiee
Department of Chemistry
University of Alberta

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
2:30 p.m.

C2-361 (Reading Room)

Abstract:  Rosette nanotubes (RNTs) are DNA-mimetic supramolecular polymers generated from the self-assembly of a bio-inspired guanine-cytosine heterocycle called the G^C motif.1 Due to their biomimetic nanostructured features resembling the extracellular matrix in bone, RNTs show great potential as delivery scaffolds for cell-adhesive peptides when coated on the surface of Ti implants or embedded in hydrogels used for bone tissue engineering applications.2 RNTs also provide a novel platform for drug delivery as they can incorporate water-insoluble drug molecules via non-covalent interactions and slowly release them in physiological media.3 An important aspect for these biomedical applications is the development of methodologies to tune their outer surface functionality and channel properties. 

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