Self-assembled Peptide-p-electron Supramolular Polymers:Workforce Training, Outreach, and Data Sharing
Workforce training. PhD graduates Dr. Rachael Mansbach and Dr. Bryce Thurston, trained under this award, secured postdoctoral positions at Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs.
Outreach to the general science community. Mr. Sayak Panda had the opportunity to author a comprehensive review about solid-state electrical applications of peptide and protein materials
Broadening participation. Ferguson worked with the After School Matters program to recruit Isabella Moughal, a rising senior from a local Chicago high school, for a Summer 2019 research opportunity performing first principles simulations of oligopeptide aggregates. Freshman Molecular Engineering undergraduate Olivia Dunne is currently performing coarse-grained simulations of peptide assembly. Tovar continues to mentor Clara Troyano-Valls on peptide nanomaterial synthesis. She will be applying for graduate programs this fall.
Data sharing. Codes developed to perform graphical analyses of peptide assembly, backmapping from coarse-grained to all-atom representations, ultra-coarse grained patchy particle simulations, and data-driven high throughput screening have all been shared for open-source free public download on GitHub and we are working with the Materials Data Facility to host our molecular trajectories.