Welcome to the Ulijn Group website. The work in our group is focused on the development of minimalistic molecular materials and systems that are inspired by biology and have unique properties, such as adaptability, molecular recognition and programmability. These properties open up exciting new applications in wide ranging areas ranging from biomedicine to nanotechnology. [Group Members and Full Biography]
Nanoscientists Move into the New ASRC Building
After a decade of planning, the ASRC building has been completed. Today, the first researchers of the Nanoscience Initiative, under direction of Dr Rein Ulijn, have moved into the building. [Read more]
Joy's latest paper, published in ACS Nano, demonstrates nanopropulsion of enzyme-quantum dot conjugates by biocatalytic self-assembly. Specifically phosphatase enzymes act as the engine and quantum dots represent the vehicle. When exposed to micellar aggregates (fuel), biocatalytic dephosphorylation results in fibrillar self-assembly of aromatic dipeptide amphiphiles which in turn causes propulsion.