Enzymes on a Graphene Scaffold

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This digital painting was created in response to the work of a professor at Louisiana Tech University. He and his team were researching ways of using graphene, a single layer of carbon, as a scaffold to differentially bind to enzymes. I reflected this in the painting by showing a green ring around the enzymes the graphene helps bind most efficiently and a red ring around the other type of enzymes. The graphene scaffold helps keep a certain type of enzyme in a certain conformational shape to increase its affinity for binding to its substrate. I show this in the painting by having the enzymes in the red circle have after images behind them, suggesting their shape has not been stabilized in comparison to the enzymes in the green ring.