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Application of metallo-DNA in nanoelectronics

  • Full or part time
    Dr V Sychrovsky
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Incorporation of metals such as Hg(II) and Ag(I) into DNA leads to novel base pairs. They fit in canonical DNA duplex, and the metal array is shielded from the solvent. Moreover, the metals chained along the helical axis provide an optimal electronic pathway, suitable for enhanced charge transport. The project is aimed at theoretical modeling of physicochemical properties of various metallo-DNAs including and optimization of the functional molecules as particular nanoelectronic devices. The research is conducted in close collaboration with domestic and Japanese laboratories.

How to apply

To apply for a PhD study at IOCB Prague, you must hold a Master’s degree (MSc) or the equivalent of the MSc in similar field (four or five year undergraduate degree). The application can be submitted before obtaining the Master’s degree, however, the applicant should obtain the degree within five months after the application deadline.

For more information visit our website “Call for PhD applications 2020”:

If you decided to apply, please do so online via our application form:

Funding Notes

Regular monthly income of students at IOCB Prague varies depending on the faculty scholarship and supervisor's financial options.


Tanaka Y., et al. Structures, physicochemical properties, and applications of T–HgII–T, C–AgI–C, and other metallo-base-pairs” Chem. Commun., 51, (2015), pp 17343-17360.

Dairaku T., Furuita K., Sato H., Sebera J., Nakashima K., Ono A., Sychrovsky V., Kojima C., Tanaka Y., “Hg-II/Ag-I-mediated base pairs and their NMR spectroscopic studies”, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 452, (2016), pp 34-42.

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