Big energy savings for tiny machines

SFU Physics graduate student Steven Large (left) and Prof David Sivak (right) model the folded and unfolded states of a DNA hairpin. PIX/Simon Fraser University

IN a ground-breaking study, a team led by SFU physics professor David Sivak demonstrated for the first time a strategy for manipulating these machines to maximise efficiency and conserve energy. The breakthrough could have ramifications across a number of fields, including creating more efficient computer chips and solar cells for energy generation.