Materials Science of DNA

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    • Provides a comprehensive description of DNA and the high potential of this biopolymer as an advanced material
    • Includes an eight-page color insert
    • Focuses on the materials science of DNA rather than on chemical, biochemical, or biological aspects


    The field of materials science and technology has undergone revolutionary advances due to the development of novel analytical tools, functional materials, and multidisciplinary approaches to engineering. Additionally, theoretical predictions combined with increasingly improved models and computational capabilities are making impressive contributions to the progress of materials science and technology. In particular, the materials science of DNA has emerged as a vital area of research and is expected to immensely broaden the horizon of material science and nanotechnology in this century.

    Materials Science of DNA highlights the most important subjects and perspectives in the field, with the aim of stimulating the interdisciplinary community and bringing this intensively interesting, emerging field of molecular-scale materials science to maturation. The editors have not only been involved in the research of materials science of DNA for the past decade, but also lead the series of International Biotronics Workshops supported by the US Air Force Research Laboratory.

    Biotechnology and DNA-based biopolymers are not only applicable for genomic sequencing and clinical diagnosis and treatment, but can also have a major impact on nonbiotech applications—such as electronics and photonics— opening up a whole new field for bioengineering. New concepts and insights gained from DNA research are expected to prove genuinely useful in a variety of devices in nano, micro, and macro dimensions in the future. Where silicon has been the building block of inorganic electronics and photonics, DNA holds promise to become the building block for organic electronics and photonics.

    Table of Contents

    Materials Science of DNA: An Introduction
    Jung-Il Jin
    Nanostructures and Nanomaterials via DNA-Based Self-Assembly
    Yuanqin Zheng and Zhaoxiang Deng
    Intercalation of Organic Ligands as a Tool to Modify the Properties of DNA
    Heiko Ihmels and Laura Thomas
    DNA and Carbon-Based Nanomaterials: Preparation and Properties of Their Composites
    Thathan Premkumar and Kurt E. Geckeler
    Electrical and Magnetic Properties of DNA
    Chang Hoon Lee, Young-Wan Kwon, and Jung-Il Jin
    DNA Ionic Liquid
    Naomi Nishimura and Hiroyuki Ohno
    DNA-Surfactant Thin-Film Processing and Characterization
    Emily M. Heckman, Carrie M. Bartsch, Perry P. Yaney, Guru Subramanyam, Fahima Ouchen, and James G. Grote
    Applications of DNA to Photonics and Biomedicals
    Naoya Ogata
    DNA-Based Thin-Film Devices
    Carrie M. Bartsch, Joshua A. Hagen, Emily M. Heckman, Fahima Ouchen, and James G. Grote
    Nucleic Acids-Based Biosensors
    S. Tombelli, I. Palchetti, and M. Mascini
    Materials Science of DNA—Conclusions and Perspectives
    James G. Grote

    Editor Bio(s)

    Jung-Il Jin is a Professor Emeritus, Chemistry Department of Korea University, Seoul, Korea. He is the immediate Past President of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC. He is the founding President of the Federation of the Asian Polymer Societies, FAPS. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1969 from the City University of New York (Advisor: Richard H. Wiley) and was a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, USA and the University of Cambridge, UK. His research areas have been liquid crystalline and polyconjugated polymers and materials science of DNA. He has published about 400 original research articles and contributed many chapters to various monographs related to functional polymers.

    James G. Grote is a Principal Electronics Research Engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he conducts research in polymer and biopolymer based opto-electronics. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati. Dr. Grote received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering for Ohio University and both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton, with partial study at the University of California, San Diego. He was a visiting scholar at the Institut d’Optique, Universite de Paris, Sud in the summer of 1995 and a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Washington in 2001. He received Doctor Honoris Causa from the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2010. Dr. Grote is an Air Force Research Laboratory Fellow, a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Fellow of the European Optical Society (EOS) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has co-authored more than 130 journal and conference papers, including 2 book chapters, and has served as editor for more than 25 conference proceedings and journal publications.