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Centre for DNA Nanotechnology (CDNA) is a centre of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (Danmarks Grundforskningsfond).

The center is based at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University, Denmark, in close collaboration with two research groups at Duke University, USA and Arizona State University, USA.  The purpose of the centre is to conduct basic research within the field of DNA Nanotechnology and we have gathered an interdisciplinary team of around 35 researchers and students from chemistry, physics and molecular biology.

We exploit the self-assembling capability of oligonucleotides to study and control the assembly of materials at the nanoscale.  This research ranges from assembly of nucleotide derivatives on surfaces, DNA-directed chemistry and DNA-based sensors to formation of complex DNA nanostructures and the interactions of such structures with biological systems. Among the key competences present at the center for the formation and characterization of such structures are synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology, and scanning probe microscopy.

Examples on the contributions from CDNA since its establishment in 2007 are:  self-assembly of DNA bases on surfaces studied by STM (Science 2008), development of the first RNA aptamer-based electrochemical sensor (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008), synthesis and assembly of or molecular rods along the axis of DNA (Angew. Chem. 2008), development of a software package for design of DNA Origami (ACS Nano 2008, the software is freely available at this home page), the folding of a viral DNA sequence into a box with a controllable lid (Nature 2009), and recently we reported on single-molecule chemical reactions on DNA origami (Nature Nanotechnology 2010).

Thank you for visiting our homepage and if you have further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kurt Gothelf
Director of CDNA

Latest News

Nov 2013 Students from CDNA win awards at BIOMOD 2013
Nov 2013 Qualifying exam: Anne Louise Bank Kodal is defending her progress report on November 8, 2013.
Oct 2013 PhD Defense: Erik Daa Funder is defending his PhD thesis, ”The Synthesis of Neurotransmitter Derivates and the development of new methodologies” on October 14, 2013 at 13:15 in Aud 1 (1514-213).
Oct 2013 Specialized iNANO lecture: "Enantioselective Cooperative Catalysis and Complexity Building Reaction Cascades in Library and Natural Product Synthesis", by Professor Darren James Dixon (University of Oxford) on October 14, 2013 at 10:15 in Aud 1 (1514-213). Professor Darren James Dixon is also in the assessment committee at the PhD defence of Erik Daa funder
Sep 2013 The recruitment of PhD students and post docs for EScoDNA is almost at an end. Go visit and learn more about the Marie Curie initial training network coordinated by professor Kurt Gothelf.
June 2013 CDNA workshop on June 18-19 at Fuglsøcentret. 
June 2013

PhD Defense: Jacob Roland Cramer is defending his PhD thesis, “Design and Synthesis of ?-Conjugated Organic Molecules for Supramolecular Surface Self-assembly” on June 7, 2013 at 14:30 in 1593-012 (iNANO auditorium).

May 2013

PhD Defense: Christian Hejesen is defending his PhD thesis, “Triazene-Based Traceless Linkers for DNA-Directed Chemistry and Development of Methods for Linking Nanomaterials to DNA Origami” on May 15 at 12:00 in 1593-012 (iNANO auditorium).


CDNA meetings

The preliminary dates for CDNA meetings autumn 2013 are the following:

Date Time Place
Oct 8 15:15-17:00 Aud G1 (1532-116)

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Revised 2013.11.04

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