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Evening talks: Colloquium and industry event

Here you can find further information about the evening events of the Graduate Days of CUI 2018.

Colloquium (Tue, 17:00-18:00)

Molecular systems engineering with DNA. Prof. Hendrik Dietz (Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany)

Programmable self-assembly with DNA origami allows creating custom-shaped nanoscale objects. Through this capacity, DNA origami enables constructing custom instruments to perform precision measurements of molecular interactions and structure, with enhanced control over positioning, orientating and manipulating the molecules under study. In my presentation I will report about some of our progress toward constructing devices with greater complexity, more sophisticated functionalities, and about making large quantities [1-3]. If time permits, I will also discuss a series of measurements in which we used custom-made DNA nanotools to control distances between molecules with atomic precision [4], and to measure weak stacking forces between basepairs [5] and between pairs of nucleosomes [6] on the single particle level.

[1] T. Gerling, K. Wagenbauer, A. Neuner, and H. Dietz, Dynamic DNA devices and assemblies formed by shape-complementary, non-basepairing 3D components, Science, 347, 1446 (2015).

[2] K. Wagenbauer, C. Sigl, H. Dietz: Gigadalton-scale shape-programmable DNA assemblies, Nature, in the press.

[3] F. Praetorius, B. Kick, K. Behler, M. Honemann, D. Weuster-Botz and H. Dietz, Biotechnological mass-production of DNA origami, Nature, in the press.

[4] J. Funke and H. Dietz, Placing molecules with Bohr radius resolution using DNA origami, Nature Nanotechnology 11, 47 (2016).

[5] F. Kilchherr, C. Wachauf, B. Pelz, M. Rief, M. Zacharias, and H. Dietz, Single-molecule dissection of stacking forces in DNA, Science 353, 1116 (2016).

[6] J. Funke, P. Ketterer, C. Lieleg, S. Schunter, P. Korber, and H. Dietz, Uncovering the forces between nucleosomes using DNA origami, Science Advances 2, 1600974, 2016)


Industry event (Wen, 16:30-17:30)

Out of thin air. Dr. Alina Chanaewa (Skytree, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

In my presentation I will talk about the CO2 capture technology developed by Skytree and my role in the research and development activities within the company. Skytree is a spin off from the European Space Agency, where the current process of extracting CO2 from ambient air was partially investigated as a part of the Life Support Project. This process has been further developed within Skytree towards various everyday life applications such as urban farming, air and water purification and production of high value chemicals, which I will be briefly discussing. Further, I am looking forward to share my experience working in research within academia and now in industry, each one posing its own challenges and opportunities.