DNA is a polymer! But, In a systems or materials context DNA has so far been mostly overlooked regarding its impact for systems design based on its polymer properties. We want to change this.
Overall, DNA offers unprecedented opportunities with regard to precision design of interactions through sequence control, for the design of nanoscale objects, for controlling molecular or fueled switches, or even computation, but, much can be done by going beyond classical supramolecular duplex hybridization and by exploring uncharted DNA territory.
We have been taking a fresh look at DNA nanoscience and borrow concepts from polymer and colloid science to create new types of equilibrium and non-equilibrium self-assembling system. We connect those to a materials level and research for instance on phase-seperation processes, protocells, and mechanical materials with unusual mechanical adaptiveness.