Research

Active Materials

  • Conductive materials
  • Materials responsive to redox reactions
  • Energy storage / movement
  • Membrane development

Blood Response

  • Using wood based materials
  • Preventing / causing blood clotting

Cellulose Nanomaterials

  • New sources of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and cellulose nanofibers (CNFs)
  • Characterization methods and detection methods
  • Novel nanocomposites
  • Safety / Toxicology / Compatibility

Material - Body Interface

  • Engineering implantable materials
  • Wound healing scaffolds
  • Anti-bacterial / anti-fungal drugs and scaffolds
  • Anti-cancer

Polymer Optical Fibers

  • Mechanically adaptive optical fibers
  • Sensing
  • Optogenetics

Polymer Systems

  • Modification of traditional polymers
  • New mixing / compositing methods
  • In situ polymerizations

Responsive Systems (Smart Materials)

  • Photo reactive systems and materials
  • Temperature / chemical responsiveness
  • Cell growth scaffolds

Scalable use of Wood-Based Materials

  • Coatings
  • Glues
  • Composites
  • Part development
  • Engineering materials (high strength, high modulus)

Supramolecular Materials

  • Combining non-covalent and covalent interactions
  • Novel supramolecular polymer systems

Sustained Drug / Small Molecule Release

  • Slow / sustained release
  • Peptide release
  • Bio-based materials
  • Bio-compatible materials