Thom LaBean Leads International Research Experience in Nanostructures

September 17, 2007

The 2007 Duke-Aarhus IRES participants: Pat Videau (undergrad), Josh Carter (post-doc), Kristine Obusek (grad), Elizabeth Irish (grad), Andy Smith (high school), and Thom LaBean (faculty).

A verticaly integrated team led by Professor Thom LaBean, with members from all education levels from high school to post-doctoral, participated in a month-long international research experience funded by the National Science Foundation.

The team pursued projects involving bionanoscience and molecular engineering. Working in the newly-founded Centre for DNA Nanotechnology at Aarhus University in Denmark, the students developed synthetic DNA molecules capable of self-assembling into designed structures on the nanometer length-scale. These nanostructures may prove useful for future applications in biosensors, electronics, photonics, computation, and medicine.

NSF funding provided by the IRES grant will sponsor additional trips from Duke to Aarhus in August of 2008 and 2009. A call for student applications from US citizens and permanent residents will be posted at the beginning of the spring 2008 semester.

Additional information can be found on Thom's NSF-IRES site.