Engineering and its impact on biomedical research at nano-scale

11 March 2015, 6.30 PM - 11 March 2015, 8.00 PM

Dr Guido Herrmann and team members, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol

Pugsley Lecture Theatre, First Floor, Queens Building, University Walk, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TR

A public talk organized by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

18:30-19:00 Coffee and tea
19:00-20:00 Talk

Observing the dynamic behaviour and interactions of single biomolecules is a long-standing goal to facilitate bio-medical research including cancer research, the analysis of peptides as building block of proteins (e.g. in bacteria or viruses) or synthetic biology. However, the low forces and fast timescales of the fundamental inter-molecular events of interest generally lie far outside the operational range of commercial Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM).

Bristol’s Vertically Oriented Probe (VOP) micro-scope represents a breakthrough in both AFM instrumentation and the study of biomolecules, and can overcome the disadvantages of AFM. The development of a novel high-speed version of the VOP micro-scope is currently being carried out by the Mechanical Engineering and the Physics Departments of the University of Bristol together with the University of Exeter. This talk will detail some of the novel engineering approaches for this ground-breaking micro-scope.

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