Advisory Board

Nanolytics is pleased to have established a Scientific Advisory Board whose members are three of the leading experts in Analytical Ultracentrifugation (AUC) and its various applications.

The purpose of the Board is to lend critical support in staying ahead of the state of the art of scientific and technological developments in Analytical Ultracentrifugation which still mainly rely on the efforts of its users.

Furthermore, Nanolytics has been participating in the Open Analytical Ultracentrifugation Project to efficiently focus the capabilities of the community to advance the AUC hardware and software [1]. The Open Analytical Ultracentrifugation strategy facilitates collaborations, encourages sharing, and eliminates the chronic impediments that have plagued Analytical Ultracentrifugation innovation for the last 20 years.

Accordingly, the implementation of the Scientific Advisory Board enhances the expertise of Nanolytics to optimally exploit the scientific potential of Analytical Ultracentrifugation for the needs of the clients.

[1]: Cölfen, H., Laue, T.M., Wohlleben, W., Schilling, K., Karabudak, E., Langhors,t B.W., Brookes, E., Dubbs, B., Zollars, D., Rocco, M., Demeler, B. The Open AUC Project. Eur. Biophys. J. 2010, 39, 347–359.

Prof. Helmut Coelfen

Helmut Cölfen
Professor for Physical Chemistry

Department of Chemistry
Universität Konstanz
D-78457 Konstanz, Germany
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Helmut Cölfen is listed in the Thomson Reuters list of top 100 chemists worldwide for the years 2000–2010, having achieved an outstanding publication record of more than 400 publications and one book with an h-index of 79 (Web of Science) and 87 (Google Scholar), at 01/2022. Moreover, he is reviewer for more than 340 scientific journals, including the Nature Journal Family, Science, PNAS, JACS, Angewandte Chemie etc. as well as for 40 funding agencies.

The group of Helmut Cölfen investigates various crystalline systems and nucleation mechanisms mainly under the topic „From biominerals to novel bioinspired materials.“
A major methodical focus is on developing new optical detection systems with the final goal of a multidetector AUC capable of simultaneous determination of several complimentary physicochemical quantities or to utilize the power of this fractionating method for complex colloidal systems – also in a global analysis approach with other techniques.

Prof. Borries Demeler

Borries Demeler
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Canada 150 Research Chair for Biophysics
Director, Canadian Center for Hydrodynamics

The University of Lethbridge
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Borries Demeler is author of roughly 200 publications.
The main project involves the development of the UltraScan data analysis software package ( This software is used for modeling of hydrodynamic and thermodynamic properties of biological and synthetic macromolecules, and interactions and thermodynamic characteristics of macromolecular assemblies. Areas of research involve advanced numerical analysis, optimization, high-performance network computing and cluster computing. The current focus is on the development of software for the interpretation of multiwavelength sedimentation velocity experiments, and on spectral decomposition of analytical ultracentrifugation experiments.

Prof. Thomas Laue

Thomas M. Laue
Professor Emeritus of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Science

Director of the Center to Advance Molecular Interaction Science (CAMIS)
Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Technologies Center

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824, USA
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Tom Laue is author of more than 100 publications.
The research in Laue´s laboratory is directed toward the development of direct physical methods for determining properties of macromolecules, including mass, charge, size, shape, and solubility, as well as the state of aggregation and the extent of ligand binding.

Along with standard optical methods, his lab has developed novel instrumentation for sedimentation analysis, in particular an efficient interference detector (which was introduced into the Beckman Coulter XLI analytical centrifuge) and a fluorescence detection system (FDS, available as a third party add-on), and for charge analysis (capillary electrophoresis, membrane-confined analytical electrophoresis, MCE). These methods are being applied to a wide range of macromolecular interactions, including those in blood coagulation, DNA transcriptional regulation, viral DNA integration, and gel formation.