Research + Discoveries

  • Crumbliss Rocks with Heavy Metal(s)

    A recent article by Prof. Alvin Crumbliss in Nautilus focuses on the metallome, a collection of metal atoms that helped shape modern biology and impacted evolution. 

    For more on how the metallome changed cellular chemistry, please see the article available here



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  • Charbonneau Lab Makes Breakthrough in Periodic Microphases

    Yuan Zhuang from the Charbonneau group has recently made a breakthrough in the description of periodic microphases. This advance enables the determination of phase diagrams for models that can form cluster crystals, double gyroid, lamellae, and other complex mesoscale assemblies. The results appear in Physical Review Letters.

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  • Interdisciplinary Efforts Lead to Imaging Tag for MRI

    In a collaborative and highly interdisciplinary effort, the Wang, Warren, Malcolmson, Blum, and Theis labs have disclosed a new class of molecules that may be used as biomolecular tags for MRI, potentially enabling metabolic processes to be viewed in real time.  The work, published in the journal Science Advances and highlighted in Duke Today, details the hyperpolarization of these molecules through an iridium-catalyzed spin-polarization transfer from singlet-state hydrogen gas, increasing NMR signals,

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  • Charbonneau's Glass-Forming Liquids Featured in La Recherche

    Charbonneau and collaborators have recently made the stunning prediction that, upon cooling, simple glass-forming liquids can form two different types of amorphous solids.  This work and the broader scientific context for this fundamental advance is featured this month in the French popular science magazine, La Recherche.  A link to the article, though in French, may be found here:

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  • Connecting long noncoding RNA structures and biochemical functions to disease

    The Hargrove lab discusses progress towards the molecular characterization of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), a relatively new class of biomacromolecules implicated in a wide range of biological processes and human diseases. Despite the widely-recognized importance of lncRNAs, biochemical and biophysical studies are still in early stages.

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