303 Self-Organization of DNA Hybrid Materials

Thursday, November 5, 2009: 3:20 PM
Ballroom C+D (Camino Real Hotel)
Leonel Barreda , Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El paso, El Paso, TX
Brenda M. Porta , Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El paso, El Paso, TX
Juan C. Noveron , Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El paso, El Paso, TX
The design of nanoscale composite materials that combine synthetic and biologically derived components is an intense area of investigation. These nanoscale-order materials have a potential use as templates to afford similar order with synthetic components. Herein we report the use of double stranded DNA to assist the photo-polymerization of styrene and ROMP polymerization of norbornene derivatives. This approach affords a new family of DNA -hybrid composite materials that exhibit microstructures of intricate design.