Research Research projects Stimuli-responsive foldameric molecules as sensors This project will synthesize foldamers decorated with emissive groups such as pyrene. school Student intakeThis project is open for Honours, Master, PhD and Summer scholar students. group Group Groups Preston Group label Research theme Research themes Analytical Chemistry and Sensors traffic Project status Project status Potential Contact contact_support Contact Contact name Dan Preston Contact position Group Leader Contact email Daniel.Preston@anu.edu.au Content navigation toc About Foldamers are synthetic molecules which, like DNA or a-helices in peptides, utilise hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions to coil in a helical fashion. This project will synthesise foldamers decorated with emissive groups such as pyrene. The binding of analytes (acids or environmentally relevant metal ions) will cause uncoiling, and result in altered emission properties for the sensor molecule. In this manner, the presence of these analytes will be ‘sensed’ through emission in the visible spectrum.