7 March 2007

A world expert in chemistry has identified the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) as a research leader and will visit to learn more about the Institute’s cutting-edge programs.

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn shared the 1987 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on synthesising molecules that mimic important biological processes.

This research has led to the definition of a new field of chemistry that Prof Lehn termed ‘supramolecular chemistry’ and which has increased our understanding of how molecules to recognise and bind to each other to form complexes.

This is the cornerstone of many biological reactions with antibodies binding to antigens and enzymes binding to substrates are just two examples.

AIBN Director Professor Peter Gray said the Institute was honoured to host such an eminent scientist.

“With almost 800 publications to his name, Professor Lehn is a giant in the field of chemistry and his research has also had a profound effect on the fields of materials science, molecular biosciences, and nanotechnology.

“The time spent by Professor Lehn at the AIBN is an unprecedented opportunity to exchange ideas and identify further promising areas of research,” he said.

Professor Lehn will be giving a seminar in the QBP Auditorium, Building 80, The University of Queensland, St Lucia at 9:30am on Friday, 9 March, 2007.

The AIBN is a multi-disciplinary research institute based at UQ, which brings together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology to produce positive health and environmental outcomes such as biomedical delivery; bio-devices; tissue regeneration; and cell therapies.

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