Distinguished Professor Miriam Rafailovich and her group are working on synthetic templates to induce fibrillogeneis. The structure formed represents a new way for producing the conditions required for the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) to sustain cell growth and offers great potential in the area of tissue engineering.
The crystal growth facilities in the department allow for the study of defects and structure within crystals. Of particular interest is the growth facets of Silicon Carbide and High Tc Superconductors.
Research in biomedical application of materials range from studying the toxicity of nanoparticles, templates for tissue engineering, separation of DNA on surfaces to the use of biodegradable polymers for wound healing.