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Carson J. Bruns


Science · Art

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Carson J. Bruns


Science · Art

 

Science

 

I am a researcher in the interdisciplinary field of molecular nanotechnology. Two of my main interests are the mechanical bond and self-assembly.

The Mechanical Bond

The mechanical bond is an entanglement in space that prevents the separation of two or more molecular entities that are not otherwise bound by strong chemical bonds. We use the term mechanomolecule to describe any molecule with a mechanical bond.

Rotaxanes are a class of mechanomolecules in which a molecular ring encircles a molecular string, which contains bulky ends or "stoppers" that prevent the ring from unthreading. We have designed a number of rotaxanes with emergent properties attributable to their mechanical bonds, including:

  • Protein-mounted rotaxanes
  • Stimulus-responsive rotaxane sensors / contrast agents
  • Rotaxane-based molecular muscles
  • Rotaxane foldamers
  • Molecular flasks

Self-Assembly

Self-assembly is a process in which disordered building blocks become organized into ordered structures without external guidance. We use self-assembly to template the formation of mechanical bonds in molecules. We have also used self-assembly to control the organization of organic semiconductors for soft and inexpensive photovoltaic materials and solar cells. 

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Art


Art


Digital Art

My digital art typically involves the manipulation of photographs. 

Photography

Fluid dynamics

Illustration

My illustrations are inspired by surrealism and psychedelic art.

Tattoo

I am a creator & collector of body art

Painting

My paintings are made with acrylic on canvas.

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Contact


Carson J. Bruns, PhD

carson.bruns@colorado.edu

Contact


Carson J. Bruns, PhD

carson.bruns@colorado.edu