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EPSRC Reference: EP/S029168/1
Title: Meta-Smart: Merging de novo designed biomolecules with plasmonic metamaterials for new technologies
Principal Investigator: Kadodwala, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Thomson, Dr A Karimullah, Dr AS Sutherland, Dr A
Gadegaard, Professor N
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
HORIBA Jobin Yvon IBH
Department: School of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2019 Ends: 30 April 2023 Value (£): 1,022,161
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Biology Materials Synthesis & Growth
Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
R&D
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
24 Jan 2019 EPSRC Physical Sciences - January 2019 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
We live in a world in which individuals have unprecedented access to data on their environment, health and wellbeing. This ranges from information provided by fitness bands, to the energy smart meters that are found in every home. However, our current capabilities pale when compared to the sensory abilities found in Nature. For, instance no technology has been developed that can rival the ability of a spaniel for sniffing out contraband. To replicate Nature's capabilities to detect a vast array of stimuli with ultra-sensitivity is still in the realms of science fiction. In natural sensory systems, typically a change in molecular structure (in a receptor molecule) induced by a stimulus, is detected and propagated by a complex biological architecture. While chemists can mimic the function of receptor molecules, it is the functionality of complex biological component to convert and propagate this structural change into a useable signal that is a challenge to replicate. We propose a new concept Meta-Smart, where the initial molecular sensing event is retained, but the functionality of the biological architecture is replicated by an engineered nanofabricated structure (metamaterial). In effect the metamaterial amplifies the chemical signal, converting it into a readily detectible response. Taking inspiration from Nature, the property of chirality will be utilised to effectively unify biomacromolecular and metamaterial properties. To demonstrate the transformative potential of the Meta-Smart concept we will build bio-inspired chemo- and photosensing devices.
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