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Renewable Biopolymer Materials for Biomedical 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!
Biopolymer hydrogels are important materials for wound healing and cell culture applications. Chitosan (CS) and pectin (Pec) are natural polymers with active properties that are desirable for wound healing. For more info see Publications page!
Schiffman awarded James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellowship and an NSF grant (CBET 1342343). For more info see News page!
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We synthesize materials for a variety of biomedical and environmental applications. We focus on engineering natural polymers (biopolymers) and plant-derived agents because they offer us a platform of intrinsic properties. For example, our nanoparticles, fiber mats, ultra-thin films, and hydrogels are naturally are antimicrobial, chelate metal ions, or inhibit corrosion. Establishing structure-to-function relationships of our new materials, as well as the investigating the interface between materials and microbes are of particular interest to us. Specific materials of interest include drug delivery nanoparticles, anti-biofilm/anti-corrosion thin-film coatings, platforms for pathogenic microbial detection, wound healing nanofiber scaffolds, as well as fouling-resistant membranes for water purification. Our research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing influences from chemical engineering, materials science, and environmental engineering.