Inspired by the rich functionalities of natural macromolecular assemblies such as enzymes, molecular motors, and viruses, we seek means for building artifical nanodevices that can execute user-defined tasks. Molecular self-assembly with DNA* is an attractive route to achieve this goal and allows for building nanodevices that open new paths to scientific discovery in biomolecular physics and protein science**.
(*) A primer to DNA origami.; (**) More about our research goals.
We are thankful for financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft via the CIPSM, NIM, and SFB863 programs. Further support comes from the European Research Council, the TUM IAS, and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie.