The physical, chemical, electrical and mechanical properties of materials can be enhanced by exploiting the unique advantages that arise from the nanoscale. Synthesis, properties and applications of nanoparticles, nanostructures materials and nanocomposites are being investigated. Computer-assisted design and modelling of the behaviour and characteristics of nanostructured material formed by block copolymers, liquid crystals and colloids are being carried out. Templating methods are being investigated to produce novel structures for biocatalysts, sensors and biomarkers. Smart dispersed nanomaterials with tailored dynamic properties are promising materials for medical and engineering applications.
The Centre for Molecular and Soft Matter Modelling (CMSMM), located on the Shenzhen Virtual University Park, has been undertaking research related to the modelling of nanobiomaterials and nanostructures, with an initial focus on modelling antimicrobial peptides. Antimicrobial peptides (AMP) are of significant interest because of their potential to eliminate major problems facing medical practice such as the increasing occurrence of resistance to
The computational work is undertaken by UBTS Limited postdoctoral researchers located at the CMSMM in Shenzhen, and is supervised by the project leader Dr Marco Pinna at UCLan, making use of UCLan high performance computing facilities in Preston, UK.
For further information about this research area, visit www.uclan.ac.uk/research/environment/groups/nanobiomaterials_nanostructures.php
Marco Pinna is a Senior Research Fellow in Computational Physics. He is an expert in molecular and coarse-grained modelling of soft matter and solid state physics. He was the winner of the Institute of Physics (UK) 2009 PhD Prize in Computational Physics.