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Lucian Lucia

Nano Research Area

  • Nano-Energy & Environment
  • Nano-Characterization

Research Summary

Work in the Laboratory of Soft Materials & Green Chemistry examines structural and functional aspects of biologically relevant nanomaterials for advanced biomedical applications.  For example, we have been studying the generation of cellulose nanocrystals for their role as novel media for various chemical functions, e.g., drug delivery, tissue engineering, and biological nanocomposites.  One of the questions we attempt to answer is “what are the constitutive elements of a biomolecular assembly that allows it to engage in triggerable, tunable chemical reactions that possess biomimetic characteristics?”  A goal is therefore developing the molecular tools necessary to study, quantify, and clarify biomolecular activities such as ion transport, cell death, cellular communication, and cell division.  Understanding such activities requires the correct choice of systems that allow ease of manufacture, modeling, and analysis.  We feel that renewable & sustainable biomaterials such as cellulose and related heteropolysaccharides offer a very rich and fertile platform to begin to answer the latter questions.

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