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Penn Chemistry is composed of a dynamic community of researchers creating and disseminating new knowledge at the forefront of the chemical sciences. As an enabling science, chemistry is at the focal point of every important modern societal challenge. Our faculty and students engage these challenges daily on a local, national, and international scale.
One of the reasons that cell membrane sugars, called glycans, are so poorly understood is that scientists were unable to accurately model them until last year. But Professor Virgil Percec’s lab devised a way of programming artificial membranes with a precise number and spatial arrangement of sugars.