Our research group focuses on the synthesis of well-defined nanoparticles, their dispersion into polymer solutions and melts, and their suspension rheology.
Michael E. Gorman is a Professor in the Department of Science, Technology & Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on ethics, invention, discovery and communication. His research interests include experimental simulations of science, described in his book Simulating Science (Indiana University Press, 1992) and ethics, invention and discovery, described in his book Transforming Nature (Kluwer Academic Press, 1998).
Terahertz (THz) vibrational spectroscopy is an emerging technique for characterization and fingerprinting of biological and organic materials. The new proposed approach for coupling between THz radiation and biomaterials allows for dramatic improvements in sensitivity, reliability, and selectivity of terahertz spectroscopic sensors with only nanograms of material required for sampling.
We seek to develop broad classes of new tools for use in minimally invasive medical procedures in electrophysiology, cardiology and neurosurgery.
Silicon based electronics are expected to run out of steam shortly, and the search is on for a suitable replacement. There are many areas to look at when considering the future of electronics -- better architecture, better materials, better algorithms, better metrology, novel computational paradigms, bio-inspired computing etc. Our vision is to use theory, modeling, and predictive computational tools to provide a unified understanding that would guide strategic research in these disparate areas towards a common goal.
Boris Gelmont's present research area includes theoretical aspects of electronic materials and devices, theory of novel semiconductor devices (resonant tunneling diodes, quantum cascade lasers), modeling of devices (field effect transistors,Schottky diodes), transport and optical properties of semiconductors.
Our research program is concerned with the synthesis, properties and applications of metal complexes with polymeric ligands. Along with fundamental studies in polymer synthesis and properties, we are also exploring uses for these materials in medicine, biotechnology, and photonics. Of particular interest are biocompatible and degradable polymers for drug delivery and other biomedical materials, optical imaging and oxygen sensing, and sustainable design.
Research and teaching interests include the processing, modeling, and behavior of nanofunctional and electronic materials and their novel contributions to the electronic and biomedical communities.
The sequencing of the human genome promises to provide numerous new proteins as drug targets and therapeutic agents. We are investigating several obstacles to the efficient commercialization of these delicate molecules. In addition, we are exploring protein misfolding relating to human disease.