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.
Babis and Yousef's latest paper as published in Chem Comm demonstrates that tuneable nanoscale architectures may be produced by in situ enzymatic condensation of Fmoc-Phe (4-X) where X denotes electron withdrawing or donating groups with Phe-NH2. The work shows that the relative contribution of aromatic and hydrogen bonding interactions can be regulated by altering the electron density of the phenylalanine residue, resulting in morphological control of the structures formed.