This is a new engagement opportunity that has arisen through a three-way email discussion between Prof. Richard J. Cogdell (RJC) FRS (University of Glasgow), Prof. Hao Yan (HY), Department of Chemistry and Biolchemistry and GAB. Mutual areas of interest and potential overlap of our respective skill sets were identified. In particular, the ability to construct new biofuel cells using DNA nanotechnology as a construction tool has been identified as an area ripe for mutual collaboration.
Aim 1: To define the Work Packages that will be undertaken within the collaboration
RJC and GAB are currently in the midst of writing up an EPSRC Responsive Mode grant proposal in which we have identified HY as a key collaborative partner. In order to maximise our chances of success in this endeavour, a visit to HY’s laboratory in Arizona is required in order to further clarify the Work Packages that will be undertaken.
February-April 2015: GAB to visit the Yan laboratory (10 days)
Aim 2: To identify other areas of mutual interest.
HY and GAB have been working in the area of DNA nanotechnology for 12 years. Therefore, there will be mutual areas of interest in this burgeoning field beyond that of the emerging Responsive Mode Grant. GAB’s visit to HY’s group will identify other areas of interest that could be pursued through further grant opportunities (see below for further details).