Exploring the Molecular Machines within: a Fantastic Voyage

Maths & Physics News

Physics Christmas Lecture 2015

Dr Danilo Roccatano

Lincoln School of Mathematics and Physics

Wednesday 16th December 2015

at 3.30 pm

EMMTEC Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool Campus, University of Lincoln

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To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Roccatano 2015

Nature is a great source of inspiration and emulation for scientist and engineering, and the continuous advance in the knowledge of the complex machinery of life is producing profound impacts in the modern societies. Life, in the form that we know, definitively exploited what we now call “nanotechnology” to emerge. Living cells are crowded of fascinating molecular machines with a large variety of functions not yet completely explored. Nature as a blind and patient engineer builds these machines without a blueprint but using the evolution…

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Soft Matter in Rome


Centre for Computational Physics

On 15-19 September 2013 Manuela, Marco, and Andrei participated in the worlds largest International Soft Matter Conference 2013 held at Sapienza University of Rome. The conference was the 3rd of its kind, which takes place every 3 years. It covered topics of Biological Soft Matter, Colloids, Dynamics of complex fluids, Membranes, Polymers, Self-assembly, Surfaces and interfaces, and Soft Nanotechnology.

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Visit by Nobel Laureate


On 11 and 12 of July Professor Sir Harold Kroto FRS, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1996), has visited UCLan and officially launched UCLan’s new Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering. He unveiled the official plaque for the Institute after delivering  a fascinating public lecture.

Professor Kroro attended several presentations by young researchers of the Institute and gave a couple of short presentations on promoting new ways of student presentations using the most modern development such lectures on  the Internet. At the end of his visit he attended UCLan graduation ceremony and received UCLan Honorary Fellowship.

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Flat organic molecules on Au(111) surface

Centre for Computational Physics

by Dr Manuela Mura

Centre for Materials Science Research Colloquium

Wednesday 20th of February 2013 at 13:00

Foster Building Lecture Theatre 3

Abstract: The phenomenon of self-assembly of atomic and molecular superstructures on crystal surfaces is attracting an increasing interest in nanotechnology. Self-organised nano-templates, where the self-assembled monolayer traps other molecules with selected functional properties, can be used to build large nanoscale structures. Self-assembled superstructures can form chiral domains ranging from 1D chains to 2D monolayers.

There have been many scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies of self-assembly of melamine, perylene tetra-carboxylic di-imide (PTCDI) or perylene tetra-carboxylic di-anhydride (PTCDA) molecules on the Au(111) and Ag/Si(111) surfaces. STM images of these networks do not reveal the exact details of the intermolecular bonding and the network growth. Therefore theory can help to determine the exact atomic structure of these networks.

We present a theoretical study of self-assembly of molecular networks formed by…

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