Viruses do more than cause colds; check out their usefulness to materials science at an ACS dinner lecture

When it comes to making stuff on a nanoscale, humans ain’t got nothin’ on viruses.

Those little wonders of the microscopic world outpace anything human chemists can produce to date in terms of output and quality control on a tiny scale, and so researchers are now turning to re-engineered viruses for a heap of purposes, such as drug delivery and materials fabrication.

Called virus-based smart materials, you can learn more about this line of research at the Nov. 12 meeting of the American Chemical Society’s Portland Section.

Viruses can do more than just infect cells and make people sick. When re-engineered, they can act as handy tools for chemists and other materials scientists. (Artist's concept photo by Andrzej Pobiedzinski | Freeimages.com)

Viruses can do more than just infect cells and make people sick. When re-engineered, they can act as handy tools for chemists and other materials scientists. (Artist’s concept photo by Andrzej Pobiedzinski | Freeimages.com)

Speaker will be Jeremiah Gassensmith, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas. He’ll give a presentation on several projects being worked on in his lab group that illustrate the usefulness of chemical virology to applications in medicinal and materials science.

Gassensmith’s talk, which will begin at 7:45 p.m., will be preceded by a social time at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 6:45 p.m. All will be held in Reed College’s Gray Campus Center Room B and C, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.

The event is open to the public, and dinner costs $20, with discounts available for unemployed chemists and K-12 teachers and students. Vegan and meat-based options are available for dinner.

For more information and to reserve a meal, go to the event’s page on Google Docs or call ACS Portland at 503-912-4360. Meal reservation deadline is Nov. 10.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science

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