We study the chemistry and physics of nanomaterials for applications in bioengineering. The breadth of our work draws students from both the Fowler School of Engineering and the Schmid College of Science and Technology. To put it simply, we make materials (typically hydrogels) that are simultaneously very simple (chemically) and extraordinarily complex (physically and biologically).
Our studies might immerse one student in a polymer synthesis focused project while another might focus on measurements designed to understand the soft matter physics of those materials. Other students might then focus on the design and use of those materials in bioengineering applications.
In essence, our work examines soft nanomaterials as:
In addition to our research efforts, we aim to support the Chapman community in their nanoanalysis needs. We also collaborate heavily with the Keck Center High-Resolution Imaging Facility in our research. Do any of our tools look useful? Just reach out for a conversation on how we can work together.
Browse the Publications page to see some of our recent work, and feel free to drop us a line if you are interested in learning more!