VERMILLION, S.D. - A new patent issued to University of South Dakota researchers led by Rick Wang creates a breakthrough technology by which molecules can be manipulated, designed and synthesized to act on and capture other molecules, enabling enhanced analysis of those molecules.
This new technology will aid in identifying previously undefinable matter or molecules, and will support scientists and research efforts seeking to better understand material properties at the molecular level.
It is anticipated this technology will have significant functions and contributions for precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, biomedical devices and other uses.
The patent explains how molecular super-containers of varying conformations can be designed and assembled in a modular fashion, increasing the commercial applications for this technology.
Zhenqiang (Rick) Wang, Ph.D, is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of South Dakota. He has been at USD since 2010. Co-inventor was Feng-Rong Dai, Ph.D., a former postdoctoral researcher in the Wang laboratory at USD.