There remain critical gaps in our understanding of the emergence of functional biopolymers in the origins of Earth’s biosphere. Extant proteins, evolved over millions of years, carry out an impressive array of responsibilities, from catalysis and molecular recognition to motility and compartmentalization. One of the major goals of our lab is to investigate the possible origins of advanced enzymatic functions from folds of short peptide based paracrystalline phases. Further, we are excited about understanding the non-equilibrium structures of living systems. I will show our recent discoveries of simple chemical systems that can be substrate-driven to access higher energy self-assembled states, just as seen in natural microtubules. Further, I will attempt to sketch our aims of developing self-assembled autonomous materials that can show temporal control of functions.
Dibyendu Das is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He received his MSc degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Calcutta (India) (2005), PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (Thesis 2010) and postdoctoral training at the Emory University. From Jan 2017, he is working in IISER Kolkata. His lab is actively working in the field of systems chemistry and driven self-assembly.
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