The focus of their research is to develop a nano pipetting device specifically designed for a novel 2-D membrane electrophoresis (F.N. Chang and C.R. Yonan, US Patent 7,326,326, 2008). 2-D membrane electrophoresis is an alternative to the traditional 2D-SDS-PAGE and involves separation of proteins complexes directly on protein blotting membrane such as PVDF. Successful development of the pipetting device will streamline the 2-D membrane electrophoresis method and thus will aid biological researchers to study protein interactions for understanding function and regulation of proteins within cells. The research and development of the device is performed in the laboratory of Dr. Parsaoran Hutapea in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. This project is conducted in collaboration with Dr. F.N. Chang of Temple University’s Department of Biology.
For more information, visit Temple University’s Department of Engineering website.
The Promise of Nanotechnology
“The use of nanotechnology in consumer products and industrial applications is growing rapidly, with the products listed in the inventory showing just the tip of the iceberg. How consumers respond to these early products — in food, electronics, health care, clothing and cars — will be a litmus test for broader market acceptance of nanotechnologies in the future.”
–Andrew D. Maynard
Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars