This research area is directed at the creation of smart and multi-functional materials by using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches. It promises the creation of new materials by precisely controlling the constituent building blocks and their interactions.
Michael Bevan’s work on feedback controlled colloidal assembly uses novel methods for measuring and modeling tunable colloidal interactions, dynamics, and microstructure to create materials and devices with exotic electromagnetic properties and non-trivial reconfiguration mechanisms.
The research effort in Honggang Cui’s lab is devoted to the development of peptide-based supramolecular nanomedicine for drug delivery and tumor diagnosis, as well as the fabrication of enzyme specific and degradable supramolecular hydrogels that fully mimic tumor microenvironments. These lines of research focus on understanding strategies to direct self-assembling processes and to create complex, reconfigurable and adaptive materials that display elementary features of living systems. The focus is also technologically relevant as it enables the creation of synthetic materials and devices of importance in optics, electronics and medicine.
Joelle Frechette is creating powerful approaches to control any micro- and nanoscale system by developing a better understanding of how we can manipulate interfacial properties, either externally via the use of a stimulus or internally via the design of surface structure.
David Gracias’ work on self-folding seeks to shape and morph new three-dimensional materials and devices using a combination of lithographic patterning and forces/interactions, such as capillarity and thin film stress.
Jeffrey Gray is using molecular structure computations to design peptides to precisely guide bio mineral phase and morphology.
Sharon Gerecht‘s laboratory develops hydrogel biomaterials that recapitulate various aspects in the blood vessel niche for the understanding of the signaling cascade during regeneration and differentiation.
Rebecca Schulman’s work is directed at self- assembling environmentally adaptive DNA nanostructures for molecular electronics and biomaterial assembly.