Nature has evolved a variety of creative approaches to many aspects of materials design. One such approach is bio-molecular self-assembly, which represents a simple and efficient route to the construction of large, complex structures. This phenomenon is also a key process in all living organisms where many of the building blocks exhibit a hierarchy of structures that are critical to their functions. One area that is currently receiving significant attention is design of nanostructured and self-assembled materials exploiting the self-assembling properties of natural building block such as de-novo designed peptides and peptoids, oligonucleotides, protein, DNA and RNA molecules as well as their conjugates with synthetic polymer. Significant progress has been made towards understanding the design rules, mechanisms and driving forces behind the self-assembly of these systems. This has led to the design of a new generation of functional and responsive materials for a diverse range of applications, such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, biosensing, microelectronics, templating and energy harvesting.
This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together those working the field of materials design exploiting bio-inspired self-assembly of biological molecules including peptides and polypeptides, peptoids, oligonucleotides, protein, DNA and RNA as well as hybrid materials.