Summary: The Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory at Boise State University uses “top-down” and “bottom-up” techniques to synthesize atomic layer building blocks for the design of materials, devices, and systems with applications in the healthcare, communication, and energy sectors. We collaborate with multi-scale computational modelling experts from around the globe to enable an Atoms-to-Devices approach in our investigations. We transform these materials into practical devices using compatible and low cost additive manufacturing technology. Our current biomedical related research interests are:
– 2-dimensional materials synthesis and property characterization
– Applications of 2-dimensional materials in musculoskeletal tissue engineering
– Design and development of wearable electronics for biosensing and gait monitoring
– Applications of 2-dimensional materials in single molecule sensing and chemotherapeutic drug development
Minimum classes: N/A
Projects: Musculoskeletal tissue engineering on graphene foam bioscaffolds. This research will investigate the practical application of extracellular matrix (ECM) protein coated graphene foam for the growth and differentiation of various myogenic, chondrogenic, and osteogenic cell lines into functional musculoskeletal tissue. INBRE summer fellows will become acquainted with cell culture, confocal fluorescence microscopy, qPCR, chemical vapor deposition growth of graphene foam, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Students may also have the opportunity to investigate bioprinting as a way to pattern ECM proteins for growth of tissue gradients in vitro.