Marketa and Adam successfully defended their bachelor theses and passed final exam in mid-June. Congratulations and enjoy the summer!
1 080 000 CPU hours were granted in 10th IT4I call for our project entitled: “From single chain collapse to phase separation”. Denis and Vladimir will be in charge of modeling and revealing another from many peculiarities which are observed for PNIPAM.
More details about this IT4I call in Ostrava – link.
Normal salts are well behaved and have uniform action (i.e. in the one direction) of the collapse-swelling equilibrium. So the more salt we add, the stronger the effect. However, guanidinium thiocyanate (GndSCN) is special and collapses the polymer at first dose, but but reswells the the polymer at higher salt concentrations.
Why are some salts more active in protein precipitation than others? Why do we find always the same salt series in a plethora of effects. In our recent Feature Article we provide the answers and summarize the knowledge on salt-specific effects, based on the combination of thermodynamic and spectroscopic methods with computational modelling and theory in the last 10 year. link
Already pure guanidinum chloride (GndCl) solution is remarkable. It contains a significant fraction of guanidinium cations in direct contact, a typically rare feature, which is counterintuitive (on electrostatic grounds) link.
Proteins are unfolded and solutes destabilized in concentrated solutions of GndCl in general. Indeed GndCl is, after urea, the second most common denaturing agent. In the recent article we present different faces of guanidinium action, stabilizing as well as destabilizing which are intimately connected with the anion in action. This work is a joint experimental (spectroscopy & thermodynamics) computational (simulations & theory) study. link
During this lightning talk (3 minutes + 2 for discussion) I presented Smart materials to a non-scientific audience. Enjoy the YouTube video or check the presentation (both are in Czech only, sorry).
Other short (or not so short) talks from the conference can be found on https://krecon.cz/prezentace/
The award seeks to encourage young scientists to engage themselves in the scientific examination of the multifaceted issues and questions specifically related to the Danube and to stimulate the specific community in the Danube Region. Universities, Academies of Scincences and research Institutions in all 14 countries of the Danube Region have been encouraged to nominate suitable and promising candidates that have been assessed by an international expert jury. The highest ranked candidate of each of the countries that submitted eligible nominations was awarded with the prize. (Krems 9/11/2016)
More details are available via this link.