New RA post available

I currently have a 2.5 year RA position advertised for applicants with DNA Origami experience. Please apply if you would like to use your knowledge of DNA Origami to solve problems in nano-engineering.

Application deadline is the 18th of March 2019

Apply HERE

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Post Doctoral Position available

We are currently advertising a 9 month PDRA position.

Details and a link to the application can be found here:

Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in DNA-origami design, manufacture and modification.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.


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Sarah and Alasdair present the group's work at META18

Sarah and Alasdair attended META18 last week to present our recent research on DNA Origami and Plasmonic Colour. The conference venue was a cruise ship travelling around the Mediterranean.

Sarah gave a very good talk what were particularly challenging conditions (the session was being held in the ship's disco, and other boat tourists kept on wandering through the room in their swimsuits). 

Im hoping for a more conventional conference venue for META19!



Sarah's Invited Talk

Sarah's Invited Talk

Dr. Clark attends NAE EU-US Frontiers of Engineering event, UC Davis, California

Dr. Clark was invited to attend the EU-US Frontiers of Engineering event organised by the National Academy of Engineering. The event took place at UC Davis, and focused on the topics of Space Exploration, Neuroengineering, Solar harvesting, and Computational Imaging. 

An excellent event. It was a honour to attend.


From the FOE website: "EU-US FOE aims to bring together outstanding, early-career European and American engineers from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to collaborative networks of engineers.

The total number of participants, including organizers, speakers, and other participants, numbers approximately 60, with 30 engineers from the EU and 30 from the US. Participation is by invitation only."

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Paper on Manufacturing with Light published in Optics Express

A paper our group has contributed to was today published in Optics Express. The work, led by the group of Dr. Steven Neale, covers recent efforts in the use of opto-electronic tweezers move and pattern discrete micro-particles within a liquid environment. The paper is open access and can be found here: 

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Media coverage for our latest dual-colour nano-pixel paper

Our latest colour-pixel paper has attracted a significant amount of media coverage over the past week. The paper, published in Advanced Functional Materials (, shows that we are now able to encode 2 ultra-high-resolution micro-images into a single area using a single set of dual-action plasmonic pixels.

UPDATE: The paper was the most read paper in Advanced Functional Materials for the month of September.

This breakthrough may have impact in security, printing and imaging technologies. Below are links to a selection of the outlets who have reported on our work.

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Paper Published in Scientific Reports

Our new paper, "Bridging the Gap: Rewritable Electronics Using Real-Time Light- Induced Dielectrophoresis on Lithium Niobate " was published today in Scientific Reports. The paper is fully open access, so available for free to all who want to read it:

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Paper published in Advanced Functional Materials

Our new paper, "Plasmonic Color Filters as Dual-State Nanopixels for High-Density Microimage Encoding" was published online today in Advanced Functional Materials. The paper is fully open access, so available for free to all who want to read it:

Congratulations to Justin Sperling (PhD student in our group) and Esmaeil Heydari (former RA in the group), who performed the majority of the experimental work.


AW Clark gives invited talk at META'17, South Korea

Dr. Clark presented the groups recent work on Plasmonic Colour at META'17 in South Korea. The invited talk covered our recently accepted publication on Dual Colour Plasmonic Pixels for High Density Image Encoding (Advanced Functional Materials 2017). We believe this work has the potential to generate new technologies for long-term data archival, as well as novel filtering systems for digital cameras. 

Group presents research at FNANO17, Utah

Gabriella and Alasdair attended FNANO17 in Snowbird, Utah, to present the groups newly published work on the fluorous effect, and our early-stage origami research. 

The conference was excellent - as was the skiing!

It was our first time attending this conference and we hope to be back again next year with updates on this work. 

Paper published in RSC Chemical Communications on Reversible DNA Micro-patterning

Our new paper, 'Reversible DNA micro-patterning using the fluorous effect', has been published in Chemical Communications. Congratulations to all the authors.

The paper will be presented as a talk at the upcoming FNANO17 Conference (Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-assembled architectures and devices) in Utah, in April 2017. 

The paper is open access and can be found here:!divAbstract

Gabriella presents at DNA22 conference in Munich

Last week Gabriella, one of the PhD candidates in our group, presented at her first conference: the 22nd International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming, held at the LMU in Munich.

This was a fantastic opportunity which allowed her to hear talks from the founding fathers of DNA technology: Nadrain C. Seeman and Paul W.K. Rothemund. Further to this, she was given the opportunity to present some of her own work during one of the poster presentation sessions, take part in the organised city tour and sample the fine local beverages.


BBSRC Grant Awarded to investigate DNA-directed Photosynthetic Assembly

Dr. Alasdair Clark has been awarded a BBSRC Grant to explore DNA-directed construction of three-dimensional photosynthetic assemblies. The £615,000 award will be held in conjunction with Prof. Richard Cordell (Institue of Cell and Systems Biology) and will run from October 2016 for 3 years.

The research programme seeks to establish a working platform that will assemble photosynthetic proteins within DNA nanostructures. A hallmark of our approach is to use engineered photosynthetic proteins that selectively bind to target DNA sequences - both single-stranded and double-stranded - within a DNA nanostructure. This sequence selectivity directs the assembly of these proteins within a DNA matrix, thus providing spatial and positional control. Additional positional control of the overall nanostructure will then be imparted by directing the immobilization of the DNA-photosynthetic complexes by nanolithography. This bio-inspired platform methodology merges the principles of "bottom up" DNA nanotechnology with "top down" nanolithography and would provide the means to control, for the first time, the location of each photosynthetic protein module, inter-module distance and their relative orientation in both two- (2D) and three-dimensions (3D) along surfaces. Furthermore, this new design lexicon, if successful, will provide a framework to correlate how these parameters influence overall light harvesting efficiency.

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