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New class of antibiotics: nanobiotics

U-M researchers Nicholas Kotov and J. Scott VanEpps are collaborating to create a new class of antibiotics known as nanobiotics.| Short Read

Nicholas Kotov, Joseph B and Florence V Cejka Professor of Engineering, and J. Scott VanEpps, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, are collaborating to create a new class of antibiotics known as nanobiotics. By bringing together their expertise from their respective disciplines, the two are engineering these nanoparticles to battle specific antibiotic resistant bacteria that are especially a problem for medical devices.

Researchers created the future of antibiotics: nanobiotics. These nanoparticle-based antibiotics are being used to fight medical device infections.

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IMAGE:  Harrison Hou, ChE BSE Student, synthesizes nanobiotics, a new class of antibiotics created by the Kotov Research Group in the NCRC on North Campus. Photo: Joseph Xu
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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read