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Daniel Schiffels

Daniel Schiffels is a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group. He received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. His doctoral work was conducted in collaboration with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and focused on programming the sequence of synthetic DNA molecules to self-assemble into three dimensional objects with nanometer precision. He developed a model to describe the mechanical properties of DNA nanotubes based on measurements that he took of elastic nanotube bending and twisting, which he observed by combining real time fluorescence microscopy with transmission electron microscopy imaging of nanotubes decorated with gold nanoparticle markers. Daniel is working with J. Alexander Liddle developing new functional DNA nanostructures by positioning functional nanoparticles on a DNA scaffold.


Selected Publications
  • Nanoscale structure and microscale stiffness of DNA nanotubes, D. Schiffels, T. Liedl, and D. K. Fygenson, ACS Nano 7, 6700–6710 (2013).
  • Few-atom fluorescent silver clusters assemble at programmed sites on DNA nanotubes, P. R. O’Neill, K. Young, D. Schiffels, and D. K. Fygenson, Nano Letters 12, 5464–5469 (2012). 
  • DNA origami-templated growth of arbitrarily shaped metal nanoparticles, R. Schreiber, S. Kempter, S. Holler, V. Schueller, D. Schiffels, S. S. Simmel, P. C. Nickels, and T. Liedl, Small 7, 1795–1799 (2011).
Staff Photo - D. Schiffels


CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher
Nanofabrication Research Group


M.S. PhysicsLudwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Ph.D. PhysicsLudwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Phone: 301-975-2779
Email: daniel.schiffels@nist.gov