Prof. JONATHAN S. DORDICK을 모시고, "Enzyme-Based Nanocomposites: Using Nature to Ward off Emerging Diseases"이라는 주제로 아래와 같이 세미나를 개최합니다.
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1. Title : Enzyme-Based Nanocomposites: Using Nature to Ward off Emerging Diseases
2. Speaker : JONATHAN S. DORDICK (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
3. Date & Time : 2011. 08. 19(금), 11:00~12:00
4. Place : 응용공학동 (W1-3) , 1F 영상강의실
“Enzyme-Based Nanocomposites: Using Nature to Ward off Emerging Diseases”
Jonathan S. Dordick
Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Biology
Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180, USA
Nature is unparalleled in its structural and functional diversity. Living organisms make fantastic materials under myriad conditions with properties we cannot emulate today using conventional approaches. In many cases, nature has provided us with a blueprint to design and assemble both natural and synthetic building blocks to create a new generation of functional, organized, and responsive materials. We have taken cues from nature to design materials with unique structural and functional properties, along with new process technologies with the ability to produce a wide range of biomimetic structures. Specifically, we have focused on the generation of nanostructures that are functionalized with and in some cases constructed from biological molecules, complete with tailored selectivities and biocatalytic activities. For example, these nanostructures have been exploited in the generation of biocatalytically functional polymeric films, coatings, and paints that kill bacteria, prevent biofilm formation, and reduce fouling by bioorganic molecules. In this talk I will highlight our recent efforts to exploit the interface of biology with materials science, with a particular focus on enzyme-nanomaterial composites with a wide range of activities that endow surfaces with self-cleaning properties. In particular, surfaces have been generated with tailored activity against hospital-acquired infections (e.g., MRSA) and spores. Such activity provides a safe and potentially broadly applicable route to eliminating toxic compounds and pathogenic microorganisms from common surfaces.