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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Cellular Engineering

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Maria M. Santore
Professor, Polymer Science and Chemical Engineering
Room A417, Conte Research Center, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9292
(413) 577-1417
santore@mail.pse.umass.edu
http://www.pse.umass.edu/faculty/santore.html

Dynamically Responsive Smart Materials, Biomimetic Interfaces
Lab designs intelligent materials with tunable dynamic responses by manipulating the interplay between weak colloidal-range forces, and the often cooperative dynamics of polymer chains. Work aims to develop a fundamental understanding of dynamic behaviors, and develop new materials,  including materials for implantation in the body, drug delivery, tunable adhesives, paints and inks, water clean-up, bacterial scavengers, bio-sensors, and protein separations.

 

Research Interest

Potential Application

Developing chemistry and protocols to synthesize surfaces with distinct chemical patterns on length scales from 3-50 nm, and the subsequent study of how these materials interact with proteins

Biomedical implants, pharmaceutical separation media, sensors

Developing chemistry and protocols to synthesize surfaces with distinct chemical patterns on length scales from 3-50 nm, and the subsequent study of how these materials interact with colloidal –scale objects

Pharmaceutical separation media, sorting of biological cells, sensors

Development of nanometer thin bilayer polymeric membranes with selective adhesive function

Drug delivery, scavengers of harmful micron-scale objects (both cellular, viral, and non-biological)

Development of nanometer thin bilayer polymeric membranes with controlled surface phase behavior and stability

Drug delivery

Fundamental studies in dynamics of mobility in layers of adsorbed polymers and proteins (typically at liquid-solid interfaces)

Surfaces for microfluidic applications, biomedical implants, lab-on-a-chip

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