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Alex Smirnov

Nano Research Area

  • Nano-Energy & Environment
  • Health & Bio-Nanotechnology
  • Nano-Electronics

Research Summary

My main research activities and interests are directed to interdisciplinary areas of nanotechnology, magnetic resonance, spin physics, and biophysics of lipid bilayers and membrane proteins.  Overall the research in my laboratory could be characterized by the following four directions: 1) further development of lipid nanotube arrays for protein biochips and hybrid nanoscale devices including photosynthetic reaction centers (RC) involved in solar energy conversion and G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR), 2) fundamental roles of intermolecular interactions in self-assembly and structure-function relationships of biological nanomachines including membrane proteins, 3) synthesis and biophysics of unnatural histidine mimicking aminoacids and EPR-active electrostatic probes in studies of protein ion channels, 4) coupled spin systems and spin coherence in nanostructures and information devices that are based on quantum principles under condition of a complete electronic spin polarization (mK temperatures and magnetic fields up to 9 T).  These research projects lay at the interface of nanotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry, and energy biosciences and are centered at the application and development of advanced Magnetic Resonance methods to these interconnected and rapidly advancing research areas.

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