The Nano Group

The Nanoscale Materials and Device Group at Boise State University is a interdisciplinary collaboration combining expertise in photonics & plasmonics, biomolecular self-assembly, and electrical characterization of nanoscale materials and devices.


Metrology of DNA arrays by super-resolution microscopy - Nanoscale (RSC Publishing)

Check out Chris Green's paper in Nanoscale about super-resolution metrology of DNA origami arrays:!divAbstract Recent results in the assembly of DNA into structures and arrays with nanoscale features and patterns have opened the possibility of using DNA for sub-10 nm lithographic patterning of semiconductor devices. Super-resolution microscopy is being actively developed for DNA-based imaging and is compatib... 01/22/2015

Chiral plasmonic DNA nanostructures with switchable circular dichroism : Nature Communications :...

Ngoc, Bernie, and Wan show how to make chiral towers stand at attention! Here we show that by first aligning and then toggling the orientation of DNA-origami-scaffolded nanoparticle helices attached to a substrate, we are able to reversibly switch the optical response between two distinct circular dichroism spectra corresponding to either perpendicular or parallel helix…


High precision and high yield fabrication of dense nanoparticle arrays onto DNA origami at...

Congratulations to Sadao Takabayashi and team on their recent publication in Nanoscale. Now we really know how to get nanoparticles where we want them!!divAbstract High precision, high yield, and high density self-assembly of nanoparticles into arrays is essential for nanophotonics. Spatial deviations as small as a few nanometers can alter the properties of near-field coupled optical nanostructures. Several studies have reported assemblies of few nanoparticle… 09/24/2013

Researchers Take Boise State and its Logo to New Nano Limits - UPDATE

Congratulations to to Kelly Schutt, Brett Ward, Sadao Takabayashi, Dr. Elton Graugnard, and everyone else who worked on making the Boise State logo using DNA Origami! Very Cool! Idaho’s metropolitan research university, Boise State offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the state’s political, business and cultural center.

[08/07/13]   Ann Delaney presented her work on chemical reaction networks at the Boise State summer Undergraduate Research Conference (8/4) and the Idaho INBRE conference (8/6). Her poster was on "Thermodynamic Design Optimization of DNA-Based Chemical Reaction Networks."


Multi-Scaffold DNA Origami Nanoparticle Waveguides - Nano Letters (ACS Publications)

Congratulations to Bert Huttanus and Will Klein! Both have had their papers accepted for publication within the last week! This is super exciting and a great way to start the July 4th holiday!
The papers are:

"Enhanced DNA Sensing via Catalytic Aggregation of Gold Nanoparticles," by Herbert M. Huttanus, Elton Graugnard, Bernard Yurke, William B. Knowlton, Wan Kuang, William L. Hughes, and Jeunghoon Lee, in preparation at Biosensors and Bioelectronics

"Multi-Scaffold DNA Origami Nanoparticle Waveguides," by William P. Klein , Charles N. Schmidt , Blake Rapp , Sadao Takabayashi , William B. Knowlton , Jeunghoon Lee , Bernard Yurke , William L. Hughes , Elton Graugnard , and Wan Kuang
(in preparation at Nano Letters)

FYI, Will's version of his paper is already online at Nano Letters!

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Abstract DNA origami templated self-assembly has shown its potential in creating rationally designed nanophotonic devices in a parallel and repeatable manner. In this investigation, we employ a multi-scaffold DNA origami approach to fabricate linear waveguides of 10-nm diameter gold nanoparticles. T... 06/21/2013

Digital Conference | BioBricks Foundation SB6.0: The Sixth International Meeting on Synthetic...

The international synthetic biology conference SB 6.0 is offering free, live streaming video of their plenary sessions! More information is available here:

The conference schedule is available here:
(Note: only the sessions in the "Great Hall, Sherfield Building" will be streamed online)

Looks like there will be some interesting talks! Unable to travel to London for SB6.0? Didn't register before the conference filled up? The SB6.0 Digital Conference will provide high-quality professio


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[05/09/13]   Congratulations to Amber Thompson and Nick Schmidt! Both received awards from the College of Engineering for Distinguished Undergraduate Achievement in Materials Science and Engineering.


Boise State Honors Top Ten Scholars 2013

Congratulations to Ngoc Luong, who was selected as a Boise State 2013 Top Ten Scholar! See Ngoc here:

Top Ten Scholar is one of the highest honors awarded to a Boise State student. To qualify for consideration a student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point a...

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