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ASU names Hao Yan as inaugural Glick Chair

February 15, 2012

Arizona State University has named Hao Yan the Milton D. Glick Distinguished Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry.    The award is named for chemistry professor Milton Glick who passed away last year. Glick came to ASU in the early 1990s and worked as a provost and executive vice president before serving as president of the University of Nevada Reno from 2006 until his death.    Milt Glick understood the potential of science to solve some of our societal...

DNA: Building block for smaller, smarter electronics?

February 2, 2011

Using a concept called DNA origami, Arizona State University researchers are trying to pave the way to produce the next generations of electronics products. They’re pursuing advances in nanotechnology that have the potential to enable creation of smaller components for consumer and industrial electronics such as iPods, iPads and similar devices. Manufacturers want to make the devices smaller and “smarter.” The problem is that this requires making the internal electrical parts of...

Itsy Bitsy DNA Spider: Nanoscale Molecules That Behave Like Robots

May 12, 2010

PASADENA, Calif.—A team of scientists from Columbia University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have programmed an autonomous molecular "robot" made out of DNA to start, move, turn, and stop while following a DNA track.  The development could ultimately lead to molecular systems that might one day be used for medical therapeutic devices and molecular-scale reconfigurable robots—robots made of many simple...

The Gold Standard: Biodesign Institute researchers use nanoparticles to make 3-D DNA nanotubes

January 1, 2009

Arizona State University researchers Hao Yan and Yan Liu imagine and assemble intricate structures on a scale almost unfathomably small. Their medium is the double-helical DNA molecule, a versatile building material offering near limitless construction potential. In the January 2, 2009 issue of Science, Yan and Liu, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute and faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, reveal for the first time the three-dimensional character of DNA...

Using Living Cells As Nanotechnology Factories

October 8, 2008

In the tiny realm of nanotechnology, scientists have used a wide variety of materials to build atomic scale structures. But just as in the construction business, nanotechnology researchers can often be limited by the amount of raw materials. Now, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Hao Yan has avoided these pitfalls by using cells as factories to make DNA based nanostructures inside a living cell. The results were published in the early online edition of the...