Symposium on Clusters
Physical and Biological Systems*
November 10-13, 2003, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Updated on June 16, 2003
symposium will deal with the fundamental science and technology of atomic
clusters, nano-structures and their assemblies in physical and biological
systems and probe the manner in which finite size, low dimensionality and
reduced symmetry affect their properties. While the field of clusters and
nano-structures in physical sciences has been actively pursued over the
past two decades, nature has known the benefit of nano-scale for a very
long time. The focus of this symposium is to explore ways by which an
understanding of unique properties of nano-scale biological systems such
as proteins, enzyme reactions, RNA, and DNA can help us design novel
materials composed of inorganic nano-scale systems in physical sciences.
How the techniques developed in physical sciences can lead to a
fundamental understanding of biological systems will be explored. The
study of proteins in the gas phase through electrospray ionization mass
spectroscopy, for which Professor John Fenn of Virginia Commonwealth
University won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is an example of how the
interface between the physical and biological sciences can lead to major
breakthroughs. The proposed symposium is aimed at taking a step in this
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