College of Textiles,
Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science Department,
Nano Research Area
- Health & Bio-Nanotechnology
The Pasquinelli research team investigates nanomaterials through molecular simulations. They create and utilize a variety of molecular simulation tools to (1) calculate functional properties, including electrical, mechanical, biological, biocompatible, and toxicological; and (2) investigate processes, such as self-assembly, molecular recognition, and biological mechanisms. Current interests include:
- Development of models that predict the effects of nanotechnology on human health (i.e., nanotoxicology).
- Investigation of how molecules self-assemble into distinct nanofibers or other nanostructures, including the encapsulation of small molecules for drug delivery vehicles, textile additives, or environmental remediation.
- Optimization of the functional properties of nanocomposites and nanobiosensors that are used, for instance, in nanotextiles, tissue engineering, and environmental monitoring.
- Development of multiscale modeling tools that predict the macroscopic properties of a nanostructured material from its molecular constituents.