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Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials ScienceMy research lies at the intersection of surface and colloid science, polymer materials engineering, and biointerface science, with four central areas of focus: 1. Fabrication, manipulation and characterization of stimulus-responsive biomolecular and bio-inspired polymeric nanostructures on surfaces; 2. Nanotechnology of soft-wet materials and hybrid biological/non-biological microdevices; 3. Receptor-ligand interactions relevant to the diagnostics of infectious diseases; 4. Friction of soft-wet materials, specifically the role of glycoproteins on friction in diarthroidal joints. These four broad lines of inquiry deal with fundamental behaviors of soft-wet materials on surfaces and interfaces. The design and fabrication of these interfaces using "smart" polymeric and biomolecular nanostructures, and the characterization of the resulting structures, are critically important for the development of biomolecular sensors and devices and for bioinspired materials. Key approaches and tools I use in my research are: bottom-up organization on the molecular scale, through self-assembly, in-situ polymerization, and manipulation of intermolecular interactions; topdown fabrication, through scanning probe nanolithography; stimulus-responsive polymers; molecular recognition; and new approaches to sensing and manipulation. This research supports Duke's Pratt School of Engineering strategic initiative to expand research in soft-wet Materials Science.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
- Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Professor in the Department of Chemistry
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: Office: CIEMAS 3385, Mail: 144 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5360
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1999
- M.S. Oregon State University, 1992
Nano-mechanical and nano-tribological characterization (elasticity, friction, adhesion) of materials including organic thin films; self-assembled monolayers, polymeric gels, and cellulosics; Fabrication of polymeric nanostructures by scanning probe lithography; Colloidal probe and atomic force microscopy; Single molecule force spectroscopy applied to ligand-receptor binding; Biomolecular nano- and micro sensors
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- ICCES Young Investigator Award. International Center for Computational Engineering Sciences. 2008
- NSF Early CAREER Award. National Science Foundation. 2008
- Oak Ridge Associated Universities Faculty Enhancement Award. Oak Ridge Associated Universities. 2008
- Young Investigator Award. American Academy of Nanomedicine. 2008
- Bronze Award for Scientific Achievement. 26th Army Science Conference, U.S. Army Research. 2008
- Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2003
- BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 529: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science (GE, BB)
- BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
- EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
- ME 221L: Structure and Properties of Solids
- ME 514: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science (GE, BB)
- ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
In the News
- Pushing Science and Engineering to Create New Soft Materials (Sep 11, 2017 | Pratt School of Engineering )
- Oddball Enzyme Provides Easy Path to Synthetic Biomaterials (May 19, 2017 | Pratt School of Engineering )
- Energy Initiative Provides First Round of Research Seed Funding (Apr 16, 2014)
- Shields, CW; White, JP; Osta, EG; Patel, J; Rajkumar, S; Kirby, N; Therrien, J-P; Zauscher, S, Encapsulation and controlled release of retinol from silicone particles for topical delivery., Journal of Controlled Release, vol 278 (2018), pp. 37-48 [10.1016/j.jconrel.2018.03.023] [abs].
- Marusak, KE; Krug, JR; Feng, Y; Cao, Y; You, L; Zauscher, S, Bacterially driven cadmium sulfide precipitation on porous membranes: Toward platforms for photocatalytic applications., Biointerphases: an open access journal for the biomaterials interface community, vol 13 no. 1 (2018) [10.1116/1.5008393] [abs].
- Li, L; Li, NK; Tu, Q; Im, O; Mo, C-K; Han, W; Fuss, WH; Carroll, NJ; Chilkoti, A; Yingling, YG; Zauscher, S; López, GP, Functional Modification of Silica through Enhanced Adsorption of Elastin-Like Polypeptide Block Copolymers., Biomacromolecules, vol 19 no. 2 (2018), pp. 298-306 [10.1021/acs.biomac.7b01307] [abs].
- Costa, SA; Simon, JR; Amiram, M; Tang, L; Zauscher, S; Brustad, EM; Isaacs, FJ; Chilkoti, A, Photo-Crosslinkable Unnatural Amino Acids Enable Facile Synthesis of Thermoresponsive Nano- to Microgels of Intrinsically Disordered Polypeptides., Advanced Materials, vol 30 no. 5 (2018) [10.1002/adma.201704878] [abs].
- Cao, Y; Feng, Y; Ryser, MD; Zhu, K; Herschlag, G; Cao, C; Marusak, K; Zauscher, S; You, L, Programmable assembly of pressure sensors using pattern-forming bacteria., Nature Biotechnology, vol 35 no. 11 (2017), pp. 1087-1093 [10.1038/nbt.3978] [abs].