Thursday, 31 March 2016

Anne and Arianna published their paper

Anne Canning and Arianna Pasquazi developed new polypeptides and studied how variations in the composition of the two amino acids they used affects the ability of the polypeptides to form secondary structures. They showed that by tuning the polymer composition, the extent of secondary structure formation could be controlled. This work gives us a better control over the final properties of polypeptides which are investigated in the Zelzer group as new functional and biomimetic materials. The paper was published in the Journal of Polymer Science A: Polymer Chemistry.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Science in the Park 2016

As part of British Science Week, Maria, Mike and Anne attended Science in the Park on the 19th March organised by the Nottingham branch of the British Science Association.

The science fair was held at Wollaton Hall, which is also well known as the setting for Wayne manor in the Dark Knight Rises, set in the beautiful grounds of Wollaton Park. This event was free for the public and ran solely by volunteers. It attracted tho

Maria prepared creams to introduce children to pharmacy practice and to introduce the field of regenerative medicine; Mike prepared polymer gels and Anne helped the children to look at their own cells under a microscope.

The event was a huge success with children and parents engaging and asking scientific questions, putting the volunteers to the test!

Thousands of people of different ages, including families, community groups and students, with a record breaking 7600 visitors!

Monday, 7 March 2016

New collaborative paper

In a study lead by Jugal Sahoo from Rein Ulijn's group we showed that Raman spectroscopy can be used to follow enzyme induced changes on peptide surfaces, complementing our other approach that uses ToF-SIMS to study responsive peptide surfaces. The paper was published this month in Chemical Communications under the title 'Analysis of enzyme-responsive peptide surfaces by Raman spectroscopy'.