Recent News

Zauscher named Fellow of the AVS (Biomaterials Interfaces Division)

January 16, 2021

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.”

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

April 1, 2020

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"

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

April 1, 2020

Great job, Luis and Tejank!

Our recent paper entitled "Grafting To of Bottlebrush Polymers: Conformation and Kinetics" appeared in Langmuir  [...]

Luis Navarro Passing His Ph.D. Final Examination

April 1, 2020

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"

Gavin Gonzales Winning a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 1, 2020

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

Navarro wins Burroughs Welcome Graduate Diversity Enrichment Award!

August 21, 2019

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.

ssDNA Synthesis by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase

August 21, 2019

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.


GOx-Assisted SI-ATRP Paper Published

March 11, 2019

Congratulations Luis!
LA Navarro, AE Enciso, K Matyjaszewski, and S Zauscher. "Enzymatically Degassed Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical [...]

International Journal of Nanomedicine paper accepted!

July 27, 2018

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 Nanomedicine." 

Statistical Analysis of Single-Molecule AFM Force Spectroscopy Curves

July 27, 2018

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 part.

Biomacromolecules Paper Published!

July 18, 2018

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

Bioconjugate Chemistry Paper Published!

July 13, 2018

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

Controlled Release Paper just Published!

April 10, 2018

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!

Congratulations Yuan Gao!

April 10, 2018

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


Congratulations Dr. Renpeng Gu!

April 10, 2018

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

Biomacromolecules Paper Accepted!

December 3, 2017

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

Congratulations Dr. Marusak!

November 10, 2017

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

Congrats to Luis Navarro!

October 25, 2017

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

Nature Biotech Paper Published!

October 25, 2017

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:  [...]

Pushing Science and Engineering to Create New Soft Materials

September 7, 2017

Congratulations to Prof. Zauscher and Prof. Chilkoti for winning a four-year, $1.4 [...]

Startup Aims to “Qatch” Blood Coagulation Data

August 1, 2017

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

Read the Qatch! story


Oddball Enzyme Provides Easy Path to Synthetic Biomaterials

August 1, 2017

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 [...]

Highly Cited Paper in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science

July 17, 2017

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.

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

July 1, 2016

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

Rob Ferris (former Zauscherlab Grad Student) places 5th in Solo RAAM!

June 25, 2016

Congratulations Rob! Truly an amazing achievement!

Rob Ferris