UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Cellular Engineering



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Surita R. Bhatia

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Associate Director, Institute for Cellular Engineering
262D Goessmann Lab, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9292
(413) 545-0096

Complex Fluids, Polymeric Gels, and Nanostructured Biomaterials

Investigating solutions and gels of surfactants and polymers for drug delivery and cell encapsulation applications. Our research focuses on the nanostructure, rheology/mechanical properties, oxygen transport, and drug release characteristics of associative polymer gels, block copolymer solutions, emulsions, and nanoparticle-polymer solutions.


Research Interest

Potential Application

Tuning structure and gel-liquid transitions in thermoreversible PEO-PPO-PEO systems

Delivery of injectable pharmaceuticals;  formulations for ocular delivery, cell encapsulation materials

Nanostructured gels with oxygen carriers for enhanced oxygen supply and transport to cells (collaboration with S. C. Roberts)

Cell encapsulation materials for treatment of diabetes, liver disease, and thyroid disorders; improved materials for tissue engineering

PLA-PEO-PLA gels with tunable elasticity, structure, and release characteristics (collaboration with G. N. Tew)

Materials for soft tissue engineering (cartilage, liver, heart, etc.); gels for extended release of hydrophobic drugs

Alginate gels for extended release of hydrophilic compounds

Extended-release delivery of water-soluble vitamins, minerals, pharmaceuticals, or proteins

University of Massachusetts
Institute for Cellular Engineering
686 North Pleasant Street
159 Goessmann Laboratory
Amherst, MA 01003