Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering group
The ability to control the fine structure of materials on the nanoscale provides an unprecedented opportunity to develop new and improved biologically active materials. At this level, human cells as well as microorganisms can interact with materials on their own terms, i.e. they can manipulate themselves mechanically around nanostructures or interact with them chemically through individual biomolecules.
We explore these phenomena unique to the bio-nano interface to develop new therapies, biosensors and antimicrobial technologies. Our research has two primary focuses, which are studying the effects of nanoparticle size and morphology on cellular uptake for direct therapeutic effect as well as for drug delivery, and using nanoengineered materials for rebuilding or enhancing human tissue, for tunable cellular growth on surfaces, and for killing harmful microorganisms.
Our work is highly interdisciplinary and our efforts are multi-institutional and international in scale.
Preliminary results are coming soon.
Last Update: 10/27/2010