2016: James Peerless received NCSG/WRRI funding to study water resources and will study a novel technology to filter and desalinate brackish groundwater.

The design involves combining common activated carbon with innovative nanotechnology research. Using computer simulations, Peerless will design and optimize the model to predict purification effectiveness before moving to fabrication. Learn more about the graduate students and their projects in this blog post .

2015: Researchers Detail How to Control Shape, Structure of DNA and RNA

Researchers at North Carolina State University have used computational modelling to shed light on precisely how charged gold nanoparticles influence the structure of DNA and RNA – which may lead to new techniques for manipulating these genetic materials. The work holds promise for developing applications that can store and transport genetic information, create custom scaffolds for bioelectronics and create new drug delivery technologies. Read More

December, 2015: Albert Kwansa won MRS Symposium WW poster award (Boston, MA) Read More

October, 2015: Jessica Nash won AVS Biointerfaces Division Best Flash Presentation award (San Jose, CA) Read More

August, 2015: Jessica Nash and Albert Kwansa won ACS COMP NVIDIA GPU Award for Best GPU Poster (Boston, MA) Read More

August, 2015: Hoshin Kim won Wiley Journal of Polymer Science Best Presentation Award at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium “Theory and Modeling of Nanoparticle Interactions with Biomolecules and Polymers” (Boston, MA) Read More

August, 2015: Undergraduate students G. Hunt Bowers, W. Hayden Fuss, Thomas Oweida, Benjamin Peterson, and Danielle Stallings won NC State Undergradute Research Grant Awards for 2015-2016 (Raleigh, NC) Read More

March, 2015: Nan K. Li won the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Computers in Chemistry (COMP) Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award for Graduate Students (Denver, CO)

2014: Researchers Develop Models to Study Polyelectrolytes, Including DNA and RNA

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a novel and versatile modeling strategy to simulate polyelectrolyte systems. The model has applications for creating new materials as well as for studying polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNA. “Our new technique allows us to model much larger and more complex polyelectrolyte systems, and to do so much more quickly,” says Nan Li, lead author of a paper on the work and a Ph.D. student in NC State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “This is a big step forward for this field. Read More

December, 2014: Nan Li won Silver Graduate Student Award at Materials Research Society (MRS)(Boston, MA) Read More

2014: Hoshin Kim won 2nd place poster award at KSEA (Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association) Regional conference, (Durham, NC)Read More

2014: Nan Li won Biomaterials Graduate Student Award 2nd place at American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), (Atlanta, GA)Read More

2014: William H. Fuss won Undergraduate Poster Competition, 128th NC-ACS Local Section Conference (Durham, NC, 2014)Read More

2014: Jessica Nash and Nan Li won 1st and 3rd Best Poster Presentation Awards, Triangle Student Research competition (Research Triangle Park, NC)Read More

2014: William H. Fuss won Best Oral Presentation Award at UNC MIRT and RT-MRSEC Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Research Symposium (Chapel Hill, NC)Read More

2014: Jessica Nash won Best Poster Award from Triangle Soft Matter: (Chapel Hill, NC)Read More

2014: William H. Fuss won ACCIAC Undergraduate Fellowship in Creativity and InnovationRead More

2013: Plant Protein Shape Puzzle Solved by Molecular 3-D Model

In a groundbreaking paper published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers provide the first three-dimensional model of an enzyme that links a simple sugar, glucose, into long-chain cellulose, the basic building block within plant cell walls that gives plants structure. Cellulose is nature’s most abundant renewable biomaterial and an important resource for production of biofuels that represent alternatives to fossil fuels.Read More

2013: Jessica Nash won National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (2013-2016)Read More

2012: Researchers Find Gold Nanoparticles Capable of ‘Unzipping’ DNA

New research from North Carolina State University finds that gold nanoparticles with a slight positive charge work collectively to unravel DNA’s double helix. This finding has ramifications for gene therapy research and the emerging field of DNA-based electronics. Read More

2012: Abhishek Singh won Best Poster Award from Materials Research Society: (Boston, MA) Read More

2010: Researchers Find ‘Goldilocks’ Of DNA Self-Assembly

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to optimize the development of DNA self-assembling materials, which hold promise for technologies ranging from drug delivery to molecular sensors. The key to the advance is the discovery of the “Goldilocks” length for DNA strands used in self-assembly – not too long, not too short, but just right. Read More

2009: Stacy Snyder won Best Poster Presentation from South Eastern Theoretical Chemistry Association (Durham, NC)Read More