SFB 1032: Nanoagents for Spatiotemporal Control of Molecular and Cellular Reactions

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Structure formation with DNA colloids

Biological processes like cytoskeletal assembly, blood vessel or tissue formation rely on the precise control of the growth aggregation conditions, resulting in structures with well-defined surface-to-volume ratios and morphologies. We will design new materials on the basis of colloidal aggregation processes from the nano- to the mesoscale, harnessing the ability to exactly control interaction en-ergies between colloidal particles by means of DNA hybridisation. We will be able to produce hierar-chical and dynamical structures revealing new structure formation regimes that will have conse-quences in our understanding of the processes found in nature.