We study soft matter and biological physics at surfaces. Soft and biological systems are very sensitive to their environment such that small changes in temperature and pH, as well as the application of external fields, can produce large changes in their properties. This sensitivity can be exploited to tune the properties of the systems and to achieve a deep understanding of the subtle interplay between different interactions. This research also leads naturally to the discovery of new and unique biomaterials, which can be exploited in new technological applications.
We apply a broad range of surface-sensitive experimental techniques and fundamental, physics-based strategies to develop simple models of complex soft matter systems such as polymers, proteins and bacterial cells at surfaces. We focus our approach on questions such as:
The answers to these questions lead to improvements in understanding as well as new applications and technologies.
This website highlights our research projects, facilities and equipment, research opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborations with industry. If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please feel free to contact Professor John Dutcher.
M.Sc. and Ph.D. Opportunities in Experimental Biological Physics
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