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Renewable Biopolymer Materials for Biomedical and Environmental Applications.
Due to the persistent spread of antibiotic resistance, commercial antibiotic treatments are proving ineffective. Cinnamaldehyde (CA), a volatile essential oil, eradicates pathogens non-specifically. However, the ability to incorporate essential oils into nanofiber mats has not yet been demonstrated... For more info see Publications page.
Prof. Schiffman has been awarded an NSF grant, "BRIGE: Engineering Antifouling Ultrafiltration Membranes Using Polycationic Nanofibers". For more info see News page!
Schiffman named Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow. 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.