Berrie Research Group

group summer 2012
Back row, from left: Greg Smith, Tina Edwards, Rodi Torres-Gavosto
Front row from left: Cindy Berrie, Brad Neal, Jen Settle,

The fundamental investigations of the nanoscale properties of materials in our laboratory are intended to enable the design and implementation of future nanobiodevices.  Success of these devices requires that all of the different aspects of design of the material (including the protein adsorption, mechanical stability, and electrical signal transport) be optimized.  In particular, research in our group has focused on the effect of nanoscale structure on 1) biomolecule adsorption, 2) friction and adhesion, and 3) electrical conductivity of organic molecules. In all of these cases, we are interested in designing model systems in which the nanoscale structural and chemical variations can be achieved.

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