Modeling Natural Shapes: Seashells

O conchiglia marina, figlia
della pietra e del mare biancheggiante,
tu meravigli la mente dei fanciulli.

La conchiglia di Alceo. (Traduzione di Salvatore Quasimodo, da Lirici greci, 1940) 

 

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Physical Chemistry: The Simple Hückel Method

The Hückel molecular orbital method is a quantum mechanics approach for calculating the energies of molecular orbitals of π electrons in conjugated hydrocarbon systems, such as ethylene, benzene, and butadiene. Continue reading

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Retro Programming II: the Amiga and the computational beauty of the leaf

In my archeological exploration of old computer files, I came across to another simple but interesting Amiga Basic program that I programmed in 1989. It is named “Foglie”, the Italian name for leaves. Continue reading

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Awk Programming III: the One-Dimensional Cellular Automaton

Cellular automata (CA) is a vast and interesting topic of computer science and mathematics with important applications in many areas of science. Continue reading

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Modular Assembly of Proteins on Nanoparticles

I have recently contributed to a proof of concept study published in the prestigious  Nature Communication (doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03931-4) [1]. The study involved collaborations with experimental groups across University of Lincoln (UoL), University of Molise (Italy) and the Royal Holloway University of London coordinated by Dr. Enrico Ferrari (UoL). Continue reading

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The Protein Engineering of a controllable Nano-Gate: the FhuA D1– 160 channel

The confinement of primeval biochemical compounds by nano compartmentalization made possible the spatial and temporal control and the development possible the most complex chemical process: the life. Continue reading

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Bioinformatics Tools for Protein Engineering​: The MAP server

Mutagenesis Assistant Program (MAP) is a free accessible statistical tool which can be used for the benchmarking of random mutagenesis methods on the protein level. The server is currently hosted at the RTWH Aachen but it can still be accessed using the old web-address here. Continue reading

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