Research areas include synthetic and natural biomimetic materials; self-assembly in solution and interfaces.
Our general theme is to exploit various forms of self-assembly to achieve nanoscale materials with responsive properties, at the intersection of materials science and biotechnology. We have largely, though not exclusively, focused our attention on biopolymer systems composed of nucleic acids and/or polypeptides, to benefit from tunable interactions with unmatched precision. These and other well-defined macromolecules are the natural choices for studying self-assembly in solution or at interfaces, with obvious implications for sensors and drug/gene delivery.
Learn more at www.pse.umass.edu/~hbermudez/
- BS University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1998
- PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2003