Project information

DNA as a training platform for photodynamic processes in soft materials — LightDyNAmics (LightDyNAmics)

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Project Identification
765266
Project Period
4/2018 - 3/2022
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
European Union
MU Faculty or unit
Central European Institute of Technology
Cooperating Organization
University of Vienna
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
National Center for Scientific Research
University of Durham
Politecnico di Milano
National Research Council

LightDyNAmics network merges excellence, completeness and complementarity: it brings together 10 of Europe`s leading academic groups with first-rate scientific records and a consolidated experience in methods development to master photoactivated processes in macromolecular systems such as DNA. Their expertise covers a wealth of time-resolved spectroscopies and quantum mechanical methods, as well as the conforma-tional characterization of bio-macromolecules and their manipulation with advanced synthetic approaches. The extremely high scientific level of the industrial partners, two SME and one large Company, will contribute to the success of the research activity and will make easier technology transfer.
LightDyNAmics will develop new experimental and computational methods for the study of light/soft-matter interaction. LightDyNAmics will train 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) using a novel mix of experimental, computational and modelling skills. LightDyNAmics will elucidate the photoactivated dynamics of DNA with an unprecedented spatial and time resolution and assess many crucial issues for photodamage, paving the way to new drugs and new diagnostic tools. Our success will enable fundamental technological advances in the use of light as a powerful analytical tool to study Nucleic Acids and their interaction with proteins, drugs, or other molecules with very high spatial and time resolution. Companies will exploit these advances in three cutting-edge applications.