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]
Rein Ulijn is moving to New York City in September 2014, joining the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, now nearing completion. He will direct the Nanoscience Initiative which will focus on the development of biomimetic and adaptive nanosystems. Please contact Prof Ulijn for inquiries related to PhD, Postdoctoral and Faculty opportunities. Read more here.
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.