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DNA rotary nanomotor

Posted on 24 March 2017

Dr Katherine Dunn, from the Department of Electronic Engineering, has developed a DNA nanomotor that is designed to rotate autonomously. The machine is an artificial device made from chemically synthesized DNA and the underlying technology has potential applications in molecular processing, DNA computing, biomedical sensing and photonics.

DNA rotary nanomotor

The research was funded by the University of York’s Research Innovation Office, and the results were published in the journal Royal Society Open Science on 22nd March 2017 (details below). The paper was written by Dr Katherine Dunn, with co-authors from the Departments of Physics, Biology and Electronic Engineering. The University of York filed a patent application for the technology and commercial partners are now being sought to develop it further.

Paper: An experimental study of the putative mechanism of a synthetic autonomous rotary DNA nanomotor, K.E. Dunn, M.C. Leake, A.J.M. Wollman, M.A. Trefzer, S. Johnson & A.M. Tyrrell. Royal Society Open Science (2017).

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