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Marian McCord

Nano Research Area

  • Health & Bio-Nanotechnology
  • Nano-Textiles
  • Nano-Safety & Security

Research Summary

We are studying the use of atmospheric plasmas to modify textiles and polymers for a variety of applications.  Recently, we have successfully grafted antimicrobial and thermally responsive polymers to fibers, fabrics, and polymers.  We have ongoing research in the area of non-toxic insecticidal textiles, and have bound micro- and nano-particles to bednets. 

Another focus area is bioactivity of textile fibers.  We are studying the effects of controlled surface modifications of textile fibers on the adhesion of blood proteins and cells, and in particular, on the clotting cascade.

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