Welcome to the website of the Nano-Bio Interfacial Engineering Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo. This site will help you find the latest information about the progress in our leading edge research, ongoing interdisciplinary projects, and talented people. It also shows a wide range of facilities for research in nanotechnology, biomedicine, and energy in our labs. We invite you to explore our world and experience the thrill of discovery.
Nano-Bio Interfacial engineering is an emerging, key component in developing today's sophisticated materials, which finds applications in numerous industrial and medical environments--from making electronic and energy devices to synthesizing artificial implants and drug delivery systems. Our research applies techniques emerging from innovations in nanotechnology, microelectronics, polymers and inorganic materials to problems in biomedical, energy and chemical engineering. It provides unique insights into the development of new interfacial/surface materials, in particular, soft interfaces that are built from polymers, organic/inorganic solids, detergents and biological molecules. Practical applications include drug and gene delivery; peptide-DNA/RNA binding; protein-lipid interactions, lipid bilayer and cell membrane actions; therapeutic lung surfactants; emulsification, coating, painting, and thin films; surface mass and heat transfer; molecular/microsensors; nanotube membranes and bioseparation; and advanced energy storage.
Our research is focused on characterization and manipulation of molecules at interfaces, and our approaches are highly interdisciplinary: we use a wide range of knowledge in science and engineering, including physical chemistry, surface thermodynamics, biochemistry, and solid state physics. The emphasis of our research program is to link an understanding of interfaces to the manner in which they affect biological and engineering properties of heterogeneous materials on the nanometer scale.
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