Industrial & Environmental Separations
Molecular Engineering of Surfaces: Applications in Environmentally Benign Catalysis, Separations, and Medicine
The rational design of complicated structures, from at- oms and molecules to macroscale entities, remains one of the most difficult challenges of today’s materials science and engineering. It is now becoming possible to design three-dimensional structures on multiple length scales from a few Å to ~100 nm by employing structure-directing agents or space-fillers.
Renewable & Alternative Energy Technologies
Dr. Angelopoulos’ most recent research has focused on electrocatalysts and polymetric catalysts, which affects both our energy technology and dia- betic care.
Dr. Stephen W. Thiel manages the Adsorption and Ion-Exchange Labor- atory, a group who seeks to understand the fundamentals of adsorptions and to develop applications in Energy and Environmental Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering.
Dr. Carlos Co’s research focuses on the following three topics: Complex Glasses, Liquid-Core Capsules, and Cell-Biomaterials Interfaces
Cell movement plays a pivotal role in a number of biological responses, including wound healing, tumor formation, and can- cer metastasis. Thus, to be able to guide and control the move- ment of cells has powerful implications in regenerating tissues dam-aged by injury or disease. Dr. Chia-Chi Ho and her re- search team are working to do just that, by finding a way to control the movement of cell mixtures simply and inexpensively, using strategically-designed patterns on culture dishes.
Dr. Vesselin Shanov, along with Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Dr. Mark Schulz, directs UC Nanoworld Laboratories, a nationally and globally recognized research base with members from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, physics, chemistry, and medicine. Their mission is simple: to produce new, trailblazing nano inventions and then turn them over to industry for commercialization.
Dr. Schaefer and his research group use this approach at interfaces to achieve membrane defouling, programmed cell release, surface immobilization of enzymes, and corrosion prevention. His group synthesizes surface-immobilized end-tethered polymers with the goal of understanding the relationship between synthetic chemistry, interface morphology, and performance.