Biological, Biomimetic, and Synthetic Membranes Lab

The Biological, Biomimetic, and Synthetic Membranes Lab is interested in making unique combinations of biological molecules and polymers to develop materials that combine the exquisite specificity and functionality of biological molecules with the physical toughness and engineering ability of polymers. The group has chosen block copolymers as mimics for lipid molecules and membrane proteins as the functional protein elements.

The short term goal of the group is to understand protein polymer interactions and develop devices and membranes inspired by cell membranes.

The long term goal is to emulate these native biological structures with robust polymeric or engineered protein structural elements.

Current research focuses in the lab include:

  • Transport through membrane protein transporters
  • Designing and testing membrane protein mimetic synthetic molecules
  • Designing membrane protein based devices
  • Synthetic membranes for desalination—colloidal and biological fouling mitigation


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