Our laboratory uses the tools of engineering, biology and chemistry to determine solutions to the intractable challenges faced chronic wounds. One fundamental challenge in chronic wounds is excessive degradation of fibronectin, an important scaffolding protein. We are engineering strategies to stabilize fibronectin against degradation. We are also developing biological mimics of natural scaffolds based on functional units in fibronectin. In addition to formulating these biomimics, we are creating strategies to optimize function and activity of these biological substitutes.
The biomaterials laboratory provides training in research areas such as biomaterials, biosensors and nanotechnology for undergraduate and graduate students. Past projects have included multianalyte biosensors made with an array of detectors, drug delivery systems based on hydrogels, synthesis of degradable crosslinkers used in hydrogels, and the use of metallic nanoparticles in sensing and detection.
The laboratory is equipped with analytical instruments such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, Optical Absorption and Fluorescence Spectrometer.
Interfacial Phenomenon Lab
This laboratory is equipped with the tools to measure surface and interfacial tensions between fluid-fluid systems, contact angle on a solid substance, nanoparticles size and size distribution, and wetting and spreading properties of liquid suspensions of nanoparticles with applications to soil cleaning and enhanced oil recovery systems. Dr. Alex Nikolov and Dr. Darsh Wasan are the supervisors of this lab.
Light Scattering Laboratory
Custom Forced Rayleigh Scattering (FRS) setup for the study of energy and mass transport in complex fluids that include synthetic and biological polymers and gels in both static and dynamic states. Laboratory also has setups for the measurement of flow-induced birefringence and infrared thermography.
Process Design and Gas Processing Laboratory
The research activities in this lab is directed toward environmental reaction engineering, gas/solid reaction, gas separation and cleanup processes, process design and development, as well as software development for process design/engineering. During the past 15 years, the research conducted in this lab focused on process analysis and development of regenerable sorbents/catalysts for removal of various pollutants, including H2S, COS, SOX, NOX, HCl, NH3, as well as other trace contaminants from gas streams.
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Process Modeling, Monitoring and Control Lab
Research laboratory focusing on modeling, simulation and control of biomedical systems, complex adaptive agent-based systems, and supervision of process operations. The lab is also affiliated with the Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education.
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This lab houses a suite of rheometers for the study of complex fluids that include synthetic and biological polymers and gels in both shear and elongational deformations. Several rheometers have been modified for conducting novel rheological experiments. Laboratory also houses mini-compounder, compression molds and vacuum ovens for sample preparation.