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The self-assembly of nucleic acid bases on metal and mineral surfaces

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The ability of RNA bases to self-assemble into larger structures is an important research area relevant to the origins of life. In the RNA helix the bases are arranged on a sugar-phosphate carcass but it has been suggested that the initial ordering could form on a flat surface. This thesis is an attempt to establish experimentally whether the complementary RNA bases, adenine and uracil, have the ability to self-assemble into large ordered structures when adsorbed on metal and mineral surfaces...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Materials
Research group:
Surface Nanoscience
Oxford college:
Trinity College
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MPLS
Department:
Materials
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MPLS
Department:
Materials
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MPLS
Department:
Materials
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Funding agency for:
Shvarova, O
Grant:
EP/P503876/1 (DTA
Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK

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