In the News

February 20, 2022

Congrats to Miriam! New Paper in Biomacromolecules!

The paper entitled "Self-Assembled Single-Stranded DNA Nano-Networks in Solution and at Surfaces" was published in Biomacromolecules. Congrats to Miriam, Lei, and the team.

January 16, 2021

Zauscher named Fellow of the AVS (Biomaterials Interfaces Division)

Zauscher named fellow of the AVS “For contributions to the understanding of biointeractions and soft matter science and service to the AVS and Biointerface Division.”

April 1, 2020

Yaying Feng Passing His Ph.D. Defense with Flying Colors

Congrats to Yaying Feng for passing his Ph.D. defense with flying colors. Yaying's dissertation is entitled: " Transition Metal Chalcogenide (Cadmium Sulfide) Nanoparticles: (Bio)synthesis, Characterization and Photoelectrochemical Performance"

April 1, 2020

"Grafting To of Bottlebrush Polymers: Conformation and Kinetics" Accepted to Langmuir

Great job, Luis and Tejank! Our recent paper entitled "Grafting To of Bottlebrush Polymers: Conformation and Kinetics" appeared in Langmuir

April 1, 2020

Luis Navarro Passing His Ph.D. Final Examination

Congrats to Luis Navarro for passing his Ph.D. final examination with flying colors. Luis dissertation is entitled: "Synthesis and Grafting-To of Biomimetic Bottlebrush Polymers"

April 1, 2020

Gavin Gonzales Winning a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congrats to Gavin Gonzales for winning a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

August 21, 2019

ssDNA Synthesis by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase

Congrats Lily and Sonal! The invited chapter: "Enzymatic synthesis and modification of high molecular weight DNA using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase" is now in press and will appear in Elsevier’s Methods in Enzymology serial.  

August 21, 2019

Navarro wins Burroughs Welcome Graduate Diversity Enrichment Award!

Congratulation Luis!  The Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program (GDEP) provides $5,000 to support underrepresented Ph.D. candidates enrolled in a North Carolina university and conducting biomedical research.

March 11, 2019

GOx-Assisted SI-ATRP Paper Published

Congratulations Luis!LA Navarro, AE Enciso, K Matyjaszewski, and S Zauscher. "Enzymatically Degassed Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Real-Time Monitoring." Journal of the American Chemical Society141, no. 7 (2019): 3100-3109.

July 27, 2018

International Journal of Nanomedicine paper accepted!

Congrats! The manuscript "Doxorubicin-Loaded Protease-Activated NIR Fluorescent Polymeric Nanoparticles for Imaging and Therapy of Cancer" by Tugba Yildiz, Renpeng Gu, Stefan Zauscher, and Tania Betancourt* has been accepted for publication in the "International Journal of [...]

July 27, 2018

Statistical Analysis of Single-Molecule AFM Force Spectroscopy Curves

Here a link to a nice paper (unpublished) on the Statistical Analysis of Single-Molecule AFM Force Spectroscopy Curves. The work arose from a collaboration between our and Prof. Scott Schmidler's group at Duke. Scott is the corresponding author on the statistical methods [...]

July 18, 2018

Biomacromolecules Paper Published!

Congrats Renpeng! The paper "Enzymatic synthesis of nucleobase-modified single-stranded DNA offers tunable resistance to nuclease degradation," was just published in Biomacromolecules.

July 13, 2018

Bioconjugate Chemistry Paper Published!

Congrats Luis and Dan! The Biconjugate Chemistry Paper is published."Synthesis of Modular Brush Polymer-Protein Hybrids using Diazotransfer and Copper Click Chemistry"

April 10, 2018

Controlled Release Paper just Published!

Our paper entitled "Encapsulation and controlled release of retinol from silicone particles for topical delivery," was just published on-line in the Journal of Controlled Release!  

April 10, 2018

Congratulations Yuan Gao!

Congratulations to your successful defense and MS thesis entitled "Microphase Separation of Stimulus-Responsive Block-co-Polypeptides on Surfaces."  

April 10, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Renpeng Gu!

Congratulations to a successful PhD defense, and your dissertation entitled "Synthesis and Self-assembly of Amphiphilic DNA Copolymers."

December 3, 2017

Biomacromolecules Paper Accepted!

Functional Modification of Silica through Enhanced Adsorption of Elastin-Like Polypeptide Block CopolymersLi, Linying; Li, Nan; Tu, Qing; Im, Owen; Mo, Chia-Kuei; Han, Wei; Fuss, William; Carroll, Nick J.; Chilkoti, Ashutosh; Yingling, Yaroslava; Zauscher, Stefan; Lopez, [...]

November 10, 2017

Congratulations Dr. Marusak!

Congratulations to Kate Marusak for her successful defense of her dissertation! Well done Kate!

October 25, 2017

Congrats to Luis Navarro!

Luis just passed his preliminary exam "Bioinspired Lubricants for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis". Well done!

October 25, 2017

Nature Biotech Paper Published!

Our collaborative paper entitled "Programmable assembly of pressure sensors using pattern-forming bacteria" was published in Nature Biotech.Click on the link for a view only version: The associated News & Views article is here: [...]

September 7, 2017

Pushing Science and Engineering to Create New Soft Materials

Congratulations to Prof. Zauscher and Prof. Chilkoti for winning a four-year, $1.4 million NSF award to push science and enginering to create new soft materials.

August 1, 2017

Startup Aims to “Qatch” Blood Coagulation Data

Congratulations to Zehra for winning an NSF STTR and read the story about her startup company Qatch! What a Qatch! Read the Qatch! story  

August 1, 2017

Oddball Enzyme Provides Easy Path to Synthetic Biomaterials

Lei’s paper on TdT catalyzed enzymatic polymerization (TcEP) of single stranded DNA has recently been published in the journal Angewandte Chemie and highlighted in several other press releases. Read the highlights at the following links: Pratt School of Engineering News, [...]

July 17, 2017

Highly Cited Paper in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science

Model cell membranes: Techniques to form complex biomimetic supported lipid bilayers via vesicle fusion, published in 2013 is one of the most highly cited papers in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016.

July 1, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Lei Tang for a Successful PhD Defense!

Lei Tang defended her PhD dissertation entitled: “Enzymatic Polymerization of High Molecular Weight DNA” with flying colors. Congratulations!