Special Issue "Frontiers in Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology"


A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Stephen Ralph
School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, 2522, Australia
Website: http://www.uow.edu.au/science/chem/academics/UOW040165.html
E-Mail: sralph@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4221 4286
Fax: +61 2 4221 4287
Interests: applications of conducting polymers and carbon nanotubes; membrane filtration; inorganic chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nucleic acids are arguably the most remarkable and important molecules found in nature. Their molecular structures combine design elegance with inherent purpose, enabling them to serve as the repository and means for transferring our most precious information. Over the past two decades there have been dramatic changes in the way nucleic acids are being utilized in the laboratory. Today these molecules are often viewed upon as building blocks and components of an increasingly varied range of modern materials, including 2- and 3-dimensional lattices, supramolecular polyhedra and dynamic molecular assemblies.

This Special Issue will bring together contributions from researchers at the forefront of designing and characterizing novel nucleic acid nanostructures, such as those produced using the DNA origami method. In addition, it will serve as a showcase for those interested in harnessing the unique properties of DNA and RNA for specific applications, in areas such as molecular electronics, DNA computing and nanomedicine.

Dr. Stephen Ralph
Guest Editor


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  • DNA
  • RNA
  • nanotechnology
  • nanostructure
  • DNA computers
  • DNA tiles
  • DNA origami
  • nanomedicine
  • soft materials
  • nanoparticles

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p. 144-153
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Nanomaterials 2015, 5(1), 144-153; doi:10.3390/nano5010144
Received: 26 November 2014 / Revised: 7 January 2015 / Accepted: 12 January 2015 / Published: 27 January 2015
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p. 47-60
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Nanomaterials 2015, 5(1), 47-60; doi:10.3390/nano5010047
Received: 2 December 2014 / Accepted: 22 December 2014 / Published: 30 December 2014
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