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Soft Matter and Biomaterials
Duke is home to a diverse science and engineering research community focusing on the areas of soft materials, polymers and biomaterials.
Ongoing interests include the molecular design of soft materials, nanomaterials, immune-active materials, scaffolds for tissue engineering and basic investigations into the complex mechanisms by which materials engage biology. Additional interests include the design of "smart" biomolecular nanostructures, characterization of soft-wet materials on surfaces and interfaces, biomolecular sensors and biointerfaces.
The Duke Soft Matter Center facilitates collaborations among faculty in engineering, medicine, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and cell biology.
From engineered tissues to delivery vehicles for genes and drugs to immune therapies
This research has led to the development of an incredible range of implantable biomedical devices over the past several decades, and it continues to be central to the introduction of new medical therapies ranging from engineered tissues to delivery vehicles for genes and drugs to immune therapies.
Centers and Laboratories
- Arya Lab—Biological & Soft Materials Modeling Lab
- Becker Lab for Functional Biomaterials
- Biomaterials Group (BME)
- Biomaterials Group (MEMS)
- Brinson Research Group—Prediction and modeling of nanocomposites' behavior
- Charbonneau Group—Cracking the Glass Problem
- Chilkoti Group—biomolecular materials and biointerface science
- Duke Soft Matter Center
- Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE)
- Center for the Chemistry of Molecularly Optimized Networks (MONET)
- Segura Lab—Engineering hydrogel biomaterials to support the formation of a reparative niche within damaged or diseased sites of the body