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DNA as a Model for Self-Assembling Nanoscale Systems


Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology , Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

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50.62.01.B8495 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Liddle, James Alexander 301.975.6050


Self-assembly methods have the potential to integrate heterogeneous nanoscale objects to create multifunctional systems, with applications ranging from environmental sensing to theranostics. DNA is an ideal system with which to investigate the potential of self-assembly because of its programmability, versatility, and availability. We design DNA structures and DNA-mediated assembly processes to probe the limits of diffusional and driven self-assembly in an effort to elucidate the underlying thermodynamic and kinetic effects that control the speed, yield, and complexity of self-assembled nanostructures. Our research effort involves both experimental and theoretical investigations. We use ensemble fluorescence methods to understand the dynamics of assembly, and single-construct measurements, by transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and single-molecule fluorescence to provide insight into the degree of perfection that can be achieved. The self-assembly lab is part of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, where we develop instrumentation beyond the state of the art. Our research program offers a supportive, highly-multidisciplinary environment coupled with outstanding experimental resources.



Liddle JA, Gallatin GM: Nanomanufacturing: A Perspective. ACS Nano 10: 2995-3014, 2016

Ko SH, Du K, Liddle JA: Quantum Dot Fluorescence Lifetime Engineering with DNA Origami Constructs. Angewandte Chemie 52: 1193, 2013


Self-assembly; DNA; Fluorescence; TEM; AFM;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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