Abstract: Biology provides us with a wealth of inspiration for the design of nanoscale machines, from molecules that walk to rotary motors spinning at thousands of RPM, all made from spontaneously self-assembling components. Physicists are interested in these machines both for what they can tell us about the physics of small length scales, and for the potential insights they offer into nanotechnology.
This talk will begin with a tour of highlighted areas of the wider synthetic biology effort, before focusing on the specific case of the design of nanoscale machines. The physics of moving at small length scales and the challenges of engineering in the nano-world will be discussed as well as some of the current approaches to designing novel motors from biological building blocks.
A buffet will be served half an hour before the commencement of the lecture.