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.
Why Is Small So Big?
Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.
At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:
- Drug Delivery
- Biofiltration and Separation sciences
- Improved coatings for medical devices
Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.