February 22, 2017 · AMOLF Meeting Room A · Nahid Talebi (Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart)

Electron wave-function interacting with nanostructures : Beam shaping, few-photon sources, and novel spectroscopy techniques

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Researchers at AMOLF are continuously searching for the fundamental relationship between the architecture and interactions of complex molecular and material systems, ranging from nanophotonic structures to multicellular organisms, and their properties and functions.

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  • One-way traffic for motion in new material

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  • Eenrichtingsweg voor beweging in nieuw materiaal

    Onderzoekers hebben een materiaal ontwikkeld dat ingaat tegen een van de basisprincipes van de natuurkunde. Reguliere materialen die ingedrukt worden, verspreiden de druk gelijkmatig, ongeacht waar die vandaan komt. Het …

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  • Folding reconfigurable materials : Toolkit to design metamaterials with programmable shape and function

    During his PhD research at Harvard University, AMOLF group leader Bas Overvelde developed a smart method for designing and investigating new metamaterials. For such materials the microstructure determines the function, …

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  • Vouwen met vervormbaar materiaal : Toolkit voor metamaterialen met programmeerbare vorm en functie

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Universal clamping protein stabilizes folded proteins

New insight into how the chaperone protein Hsp70 works

On October 26th Nature published a study that overturns the decades-old textbook model of action for a protein that is central for many processes in living cells. Researchers at the FOM Institute AMOLF and the University of Heidelberg show that the protein Hsp70 can mechanically stabilize folded proteins using a moveable lid, and thus protect them against stress and damage. This insight into how proteins help each other offers a new perspective on diverse cellular functions and can ultimately lead to a better understanding of diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s, in which failing protein systems are central.

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