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Smart Nanostructured Surfaces as Powerful Tools for Biomedical Applications

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Just as biology is offering inspiration and components to nanotechnology, nanotechnology is providing new tools and technology platforms to measure, understand and control biological systems. Whereas important progress on static biological surfaces has been made in the past, much research is now focusing on the development of switchable biological surfaces as it can be tremendously useful in diverse biological and medical applications, including biofouling, chromatography, drug delivery, cell culture and tissue engineering. Albeit there is progress and scientific advances in the field, exciting future developments are ahead of us. One of the major challenges in the field of switchable biological surfaces today is the design of new and more versatile surfaces with tunable non-specific and specific biomolecular interactions. The lecture will highlight recent progress in the preparation of these switchable surfaces and their applications in biological environments. The lecture will also outline the first demonstration of a direct interface of vertically aligned single walled carbon nanotubes (VASWCNTs) with eukaryotic cells. The technology developed provides an alluring platform to enable electrochemical study of an intracellular environment.

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