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]
Biocatalytic Pathway Selection in Transient Tripeptide Nanostructures
In Babis' latest paper published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, we demonstrate sequence-dependent kinetic pathway selection in chemically fueled catalytic self-assembly of tripeptides. The systems are catalyzed by a-chymotrypsin and driven by hydrolysis of dipeptide aspartyl-phenylalanine-methyl ester (the sweetener aspartame, DF-OMe) in which the control of the lifetime of the nanostructures is dictated by chemical design. Mimicking the unique features of these systems may open up opportunities to create supramolecular systems for non-equilibrium motility and shape control.