Exploring model chemical systems through a new lens : combining novel microfluidic technology with infrared analysis techniques
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Multiple designer peptides, such as RADA-16, have been used as model systems to investigate the chemical parameters that influence protein folding and self-assembly processes. As such, the cause and effect relationship between folding outcomes and folding environmental factors have been extensively investigated. However, the mechanism of the folding process is largely unexplained due to the lack of an analysis technique that can capture structural changes on the time scale of the folding process. This thesis is the first step towards the ability to monitor the protein folding process with atomic ...