Supermolecules for Self-Assembled Medicine – Super-SAM

Medway Research Seminars 2017-18
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 13.00 - 14.00
Jellicoe Building Room J106


Prof. David K. Smith

Department of Chemistry, University of York

Soft matter systems, self-assembled from molecular-scale building blocks, offer a powerful strategy by which we can program and control the nanoworld, from the bottom up[1]. We will discuss the self-assembly of soft nanomaterials, and in particular come to an understanding of how we can interface them with pharmaceutical and biological systems. This leads to a range of ways in which non-covalent interactions can be used to underpin potential new medicinal applications. We will explore self-assembled nanosystems capable of:

  • DNA binding (for gene therapy applications)[2]
  • Heparin binding (for coagulation control applications)[3]
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug binding (for pain relief applications)[4]
  • Cellular interactions (for tissue engineering applications)[5]

In this way, we will gain useful insights into how a supramolecular approach may allow us to achieve ‘medicine beyond the molecule’.

References: [1] Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 2404. [2] (a) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 20288 (b) J. Mater. Chem. B 2014, 2, 2153. [3] Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 1484. [4] (a) Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 7451. (b) Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 7218. [5] (a) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 12461. (b) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 15486. (c) Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 6981.

Dave Smith is Professor of Chemistry at University of York, where he carries out fundamental research into smart nanomaterials and nanomedicines, publishing ca. 150 research papers, and with an hindex > 50. He is a passionate educator, giving outreach lectures to ca. 50,000 UK school students and developing his own YouTube chemistry channel, with over half a million views. Dave has been recognised for excellence both in research and teaching, having received the Corday Morgan Award from The Royal Society of Chemistry and a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy. He was nominated as one of the RSC’s 175 diverse ‘Faces of Chemistry’. Dave entered into a civil partnership with his husband Sam in 2010. They live in central York, with their adopted son, where they enjoy the vibrant and historic city, and like cooking and travelling.

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