Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
My research lies at the intersection of surface and colloid science, polymer materials engineering, and biointerface science, with four central areas of focus: 1. Fabrication, manipulation and characterization of stimulus-responsive biomolecular and bio-inspired polymeric nanostructures on surfaces; 2. Nanotechnology of soft-wet materials and hybrid biological/non-biological microdevices; 3. Receptor-ligand interactions relevant to the diagnostics of infectious diseases; 4. Friction of soft-wet materials, specifically the role of glycoproteins on friction in diarthroidal joints. These four broad lines of inquiry deal with fundamental behaviors of soft-wet materials on surfaces and interfaces. The design and fabrication of these interfaces using "smart" polymeric and biomolecular nanostructures, and the characterization of the resulting structures, are critically important for the development of biomolecular sensors and devices and for bioinspired materials. Key approaches and tools I use in my research are: bottom-up organization on the molecular scale, through self-assembly, in-situ polymerization, and manipulation of intermolecular interactions; topdown fabrication, through scanning probe nanolithography; stimulus-responsive polymers; molecular recognition; and new approaches to sensing and manipulation. This research supports Duke's Pratt School of Engineering strategic initiative to expand research in soft-wet Materials Science.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
- Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Professor in the Department of Chemistry
- Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5360
- Email Address: email@example.com
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- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1999
- M.S. Oregon State University, 1992
Nano-mechanical and nano-tribological characterization (elasticity, friction, adhesion) of materials including organic thin films; self-assembled monolayers, polymeric gels, and cellulosics; Fabrication of polymeric nanostructures by scanning probe lithography; Colloidal probe and atomic force microscopy; Single molecule force spectroscopy applied to ligand-receptor binding; Biomolecular nano- and micro sensors
Nanomaterial manufacturing and characterization
Polymer and Protein Engineering
Sensing and sensor systems
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:
- ICCES Young Investigator Award, International Center for Computational Engineering Sciences, 2008
- NSF Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2003
- Oak Ridge Associated Universities Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 2001
- Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Nanomedicine, 2005
- Bronze Award for Scientific Achievement, 26th Army Science Conference, U.S. Army Research, 2008
- BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 529: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science (GE, BB)
- BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
- EGR 391: Projects in Engineering
- ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 514: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science (GE, BB)
- ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 759: Special Readings in Mechanical Engineering
- MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
- MENG 551: Master of Engineering internship/Project Assessment
Representative Publications: (More Publications)
- Tang, L; Tjong, V; Li, N; Yingling, YG; Chilkoti, A; Zauscher, S, Enzymatic polymerization of high molecular weight DNA amphiphiles that self-assemble into star-like micelles., Advanced Materials, vol 26 no. 19 (2014), pp. 3050-3054 [10.1002/adma.201306049] [abs].
- Tjong, V; Tang, L; Zauscher, S; Chilkoti, A, "Smart" DNA interfaces., Chemical Society Reviews, vol 43 no. 5 (2014), pp. 1612-1626 [10.1039/c3cs60331h] [abs].
- Chang, DP; Guilak, F; Jay, GD; Zauscher, S, Interaction of lubricin with type II collagen surfaces: adsorption, friction, and normal forces., Journal of Biomechanics, vol 47 no. 3 (2014), pp. 659-666 [10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.11.048] [abs].
- Tang, L; Tjong, V; Li, N; Yingling, YG; Chilkoti, A; Zauscher, S, Enzymatic polymerization of high molecular weight DNA amphiphiles that self-assemble into star-like micelles, Advanced Materials, vol 26 no. 19 (2014), pp. 3050-3054 [abs].
- Wilusz, RE; Zauscher, S; Guilak, F, Micromechanical mapping of early osteoarthritic changes in the pericellular matrix of human articular cartilage., Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, vol 21 no. 12 (2013), pp. 1895-1903 [10.1016/j.joca.2013.08.026] [abs].
American Chemical Society (ACS):
- - Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY)
- - Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE)
- - Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (COLL)
- - Biomaterial Interfaces Division (BID)