Functional Nanomaterials Research
General Research Directives
Advancements in nanomaterial research have the potential to revolutionize our capability to understand cellular function at the nanoscale. Recent data has suggested that the surface topography of biomaterials has a profound effect on material biocompatibility. Our efforts in this area of interest are currently focused on determining how changes in substrate nano-topography can be used to influence the type, conformation and orientation of adsorbed proteins and cells. It is anticipated that this research will have applications to medicine, sensing, and tissue engineering.
Current projects in this area include the following:
- Development of synthetic scaffolds to mimic the nanostructure of extracellular matrices.