Enhancement of Macromolecular Ice Recrystallization Inhibition Activity by Exploiting Depletion Forces

A pen and paper endeavour!

In case you didn’t know, we are lucky enough to have in Warwick a world-leading experimentalist working on ice: Prof. Matt Gibson, who has been looking for a while into the foggy business of ice re-crystallization inhibition, that is the impact of specific chemicals in controlling the growth of ice crystals in the context of e.g. cryopreservation protocols. This paper is about the impact of depletion forces – and as a StatMech person, this was too good an opportunity to jump on board. As such, you’ll find a qualitative (pen & paper only!) discussion of said depletion effects providing further support to a very solid set of experimental results, which are very much suggestive of the sheer importance of the aggregation of ice re-crystallization inhibition agents. Have a look at the paper online, or grab a .pdf. This is the very first work featuring a collaboration between the Gibson group and the Sosso Group… stay tuned, I am positive there will be many more to come!