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Bioinspired materials for biomedical, industrial, and environmental applications.
Previously, it has been reported that during surface contact, bacteria can detect surfaces through subtle changes in the function of their motors. However, how the stiffness of a polymer hydrogel influences the initial attachment of bacteria is unknown. We suggest that hydrogel stiffness is an easily tunable variable... For more info see Publications page!
In this study, we exploit the excellent fouling resistance of polymer zwitterions and present electrospun nanofiber mats surface functionalized with poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (polyMPC). This zwitterionic polymer coating maximizes the accessibility of the zwitterion to effectively limit biofouling on nanofiber membranes. For more info see Publications page!
Our research is supported by ARL awards, NSF grants, the Prof. James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellowship, a Faculty Research Grant, etc. For more info see News page!
Welcome to the Schiffman Lab!
|Tweets by @SchiffmanLab||The Schiffman lab synthesizes bioinspired materials for a range of biomedical, environmental, and industrial applications. We focus on engineering natural polymers and plant-derived agents because they offer us a "greener" platform of desirable intrinsic properties. A few of the materials that we are currently developing include: wound healing nanofiber scaffolds, biomedical hydrogels, drug delivery nanoparticles, antifouling thin film coatings, and high-flux fouling-resistant membranes. Establishing structure-to-function relationships, as well as the investigating the materials-microbe interface are of particular interest to us. Our research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing influences from chemical engineering, materials science, and microbiology.|