cfaed Seminar Series

cfaed Seminar Series

Dr. Till Korten , B CUBE, TU Dresden

A tiny step for a protein, a giant leap for nanotechnology: Nanotechnological applications of biomolecular motors

20.03.2018 (Tuesday) , 17:00 - 18:30
BIOTEC, seminar rooms E05/E06 , Tatzberg 47/49 , 01307 Dresden


Proteins have been optimized by evolution for billions of years to work on a nanometer scale. Therefore, they are extremely promising for nanotechnological applications. In particular, cytoskeletal motor proteins are ideally suited for nanotechnological devices, because they perform mechanical work using the chemical energy of ATP-hydrolysis.This lecture will give an overview of important advances in the field of nanotechnological applications of biomolecular motors. Key technologies necessary to make full use of molecular motors in artificial environments include (i) spatial guiding allowing directional control, (ii) molecular switches that allow temporal control, and (iii) versatile methods of molecular attachment allowing loading and unloading of cargo. With these technologies, it was possible to develop more and more complex devices such as molecular sorters, molecular concentrators, detectors and biocomputation devices.


Dr. Till Korten received his biochemistry degree in 2004 from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He attended the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering and was awarded his PhD in Biophysics in 2009 from the TU Dresden. From 2009 to 2012 he did a Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden and Since 2012 he is a Postdoc at the B CUBE, center for innovation competence at the TU Dresden, Germany. Since January 2017, Till Korten is co-coordinator of the H2020 EU project Bio4Comp

The seminar will be held in the framework of the lecture series Nanoscience and Nanotechnology offered by KU Leuven, Chalmers University of Technology Göteborg, Université Grenoble Alpes and CMCB/TU Dresden. 

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