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Lecture, Wed 18 Oct 2017, free entry

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Dr. Sarah S. Staniland, Reader in Bionanoscience, Department of Chemistry,
University of Sheffield
Nature has evolved many fascinating, intricate and remarkable processes - some of
which are quite obscure and whose physiological function is not fully appreciated. I
will be telling you about one such process, which is found in a group of bacteria that
are magnetic - the magnetotactic bacteria.
Magnetic bacteria are ubiquitous, aquatic microbes that take up soluble iron from the
environment and use this to biomineralise a chain of magnetic iron oxide
nanoparticles within dedicated organelles called “magnetosomes”, within their cell.
Biology controls this process with incredible precision, ensuring specific
monodispersed size and shaped magnetosomes within each strain, but a variety of
differing sizes and shapes as strains vary, showing how the process is genetically
controlled in a highly accurate fashion. In this lecture we consider just how soft
biological proteins control the defined formation and crystallisation of these minerals
down to the nanoscale level, by studying magnetosome biomineralisation proteins.
We can use this knowledge and understanding of biological magnet formation to
make our own nano-magnets or magnetic nanoparticles. One exciting application of
this research is the development of artificial magnetic nanoparticles for use in
diagnostics and cancer treatment.

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Wed 18 Oct 2017 17:00 to 18:00

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  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets

Awarded 'Best University Accommodation for Groups 2015' for a most impressive 8th consecutive year. Readers of Group Travel Organiser magazine vote for the award which was presented to the University by Travel Writer and Broadcaster, Simon Calder.