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Nano-bio Physics

Advanced Optical Imaging Research centres on advanced optical imaging techniques and applications to bio-imaging down to the nanoscale. In particular, techniques for ultra-high resolution imaging by use of novel contrast mechanisms. For more information, please contact Brian Vohnsen.

Plasmonics and Ultrafast NanoOptics Research includes fundamental physical research to applications in the biological and medical sectors. The overall research goal is to develop optical and spectroscopic "imaging" methods capable of sensitivity to both primary and secondary structural properties of proteins embedded in biological samples. For more information, please contact Dominic Zerulla.

Computational Nanobio Research includes theoretical and computational nanoscience, biophysics and chemical physics, statistical mechanics and molecular dynamics of biomolecular systems, structural bioinformatics/cheminformatics and multi-scale modeling of biomolecules and complex fluids. For more information, please contact Nicolae-Viorel Buchete.

Liquid Atomic Force Microscopy The underlying theme is to understand, manipulate, and ultimately utilise the function of molecules at the nanometer scale. The group has particular strengths in the development and application of novel atomic force microscopy techniques, particularly in the liquid environment. For more information, please contact Suzi Jarvis.

Nanoscale Function Measuring electrostatic interactions and electromechanical coupling in biological systems at the molecular and cellular levels and in connective tissues with an emphasis on understanding biological structure and function. For more information, please contact Brian Rodriguez.

Nano Photonics Research centres on studying processes that occur on the nanoscale, specifically understanding optical processes that exist on the nanometre length scale and developing and applying emerging nano-imaging techniques. For more information, please contact James Rice.

Soft Matter Modelling We use mesoscopic computer simulation methods to model dynamics of biomolecules, colloids, and biointerfaces. Topics of current interest include modelling protective function of endothelium and similar biomimetic surfaces and self-propulsion of microorganisms and artificial microswimmers. For more information, please contact Vladimir Lobaskin.

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