Salt, Sugar and Sequence: The Effect of Molecular Forces on Polymer Conformation

    Project: Research

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    Description

    We propose a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of single polymer chains, exploring how their shape or conformation, and stretching characteristics are affected by specific molecular interactions. Our tools in this study are both experimental and theoretical: optical tweezers, atomic force microscopy, as well as new theories in colloid science, and computer simulation. In particular, we will examine the effect of different salts and sugars upon the properties of polymers such as DNA, and how monomer sequence can lead to dramatically different structures in solution which in turn will lead to novel materials.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/0431/12/07

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$480,000.00

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