At present our research group is actively engaged in following four multidisciplinary research topics that lead an impactful research program to our lab attendees.
Fascinating Nanoarchitectures: The utilization of biomolecules, especially peptides, and their conjugates in designing nanoarchitectures holds great promise for developing advanced materials with diverse applications across scientific and technological domains. This interdisciplinary approach bridges the gap between biology and nanotechnology, offering innovative solutions in areas such as medicine, materials science, and electronics. Our current research involves designing short peptide conjugates for constructing fascinating nanoarchitectures, and we have established construction protocols. Short peptides can offer advantages such as simplicity, ease of synthesis, and potentially lower immunogenicity, making them attractive candidates for creating meaningful nanostructures.
Peptides for Energy Applications: The specific properties of peptides, such as their redox capabilities, self-assembly behavior, and catalytic functionalities, indeed make them versatile materials for advancing energy-related technologies. By incorporating peptides into various components of energy systems, from biofuel cells to batteries and supercapacitors, we are exploring innovative approaches to enhance efficiency, sustainability, and functionality. Our research focus on designing short peptide conjugates for energy applications aligns with a growing interest in leveraging biomolecules for addressing global energy challenges. By harnessing the unique properties of peptides, we have the opportunity to contribute to the development of next-generation energy technologies that are efficient, environmentally friendly, and potentially more sustainable than traditional approaches. Collaborations across disciplines, including biology, chemistry, materials science, and engineering, may further enhance the impact and innovation of our research in shaping the future of energy technology.
Biomedical Application: The rational design of short peptide conjugates holds tremendous potential for addressing critical challenges in medicine, such as multidrug resistance (MDR) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), among other clinically relevant issues. The ability to tailor peptide sequences, structures, and functionalities allows us to develop innovative strategies to combat these pressing concerns. By leveraging the unique properties of peptides and combining them with innovative bioengineering techniques, we are developing transformative solutions to improve patient outcomes and public health globally. our focus on rationally designed short peptide conjugates underscores the importance of this research direction in addressing complex challenges in contemporary medicine.
Environment Application: Peptides find applications not only in medicine but also in environmental science and technology. The unique properties of peptides make them versatile tools for addressing a wide array of environmental challenges. The specific examples, ranging from water purification to heavy metal remediation and biosensor development, showcase the adaptability of peptides in various environmental applications. Our research focuses on designing nanomaterials for environmental applications further underscores the innovative potential of peptides in addressing complex environmental issues. The ability to engineer peptides for specific binding capabilities, bioavailability, and eco-friendly characteristics positions them as valuable components in the development of sustainable solutions. Our incorporation of the unique design of peptides for nanomaterials highlights the transformative role peptides can play in environmental science. As the world faces increasing environmental concerns, our work contributes to the on-going efforts to create effective and sustainable solutions. Our research in this direction, may pave the way for advancements that positively impact water quality, soil health, and overall environmental sustainability.