The Zauscher lab research lies at the intersection of surface and colloid science, polymer materials engineering, and biointerface science. These broad inquiries deal with fundamental behaviors of soft-wet materials on surfaces and interfaces.
Current projects include:
(1) fabrication, manipulation, and characterization of stimulus-responsive biomolecular and bio-inspired polymeric nanostructures on surfaces;
(2) nanomechanics of soft-wet materials and hybrid biological/non-biological microdevices;
(3) interaction of proteins with lipid membranes in the context of HIV-1;
(4) the role of glycoproteins in boundary lubrication of cartilage.
Rastogi, SK, Anderson, HE, Lamas, J, Barret, S, Cantu, T, Zauscher, S, Brittain, WJ, and Betancourt, T."Enhanced Release of Molecules upon Ultraviolet (UV) Light Irradiation from Photoresponsive Hydrogels Prepared from Bifunctional Azobenzene and Four-Arm Poly(ethylene glycol)." ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2017).
Tang, L, Navarro, LA, Chilkoti, A, and Zauscher, S. "High-Molecular-Weight Polynucleotides by Transferase-Catalyzed Living Chain-Growth Polycondensation." Angewandte Chemie International Edition56, no. 24 (2017): 6778-6782.
Feng, Y, Ngaboyamahina, E, Marusak, KE, Cao, Y, You, L, Glass, JT, and Zauscher, S. "Hybrid (Organic/Inorganic) Electrodes from Bacterially Precipitated CdS for PEC/Storage Applications." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121, no. 7 (2017): 3734-3743.