Bio-nano Interfaces, Functional Materials & Biotechnologies Laboratory

Research

We focus on fundamental studies of interfacial phenomena (adsorption, docking, charge transfer, self-assembling and complex gas-surface or liquid-surface chemical reactions), especially those related with bio-nano hybrids, for the purpose of developing functional materials and biotechnologies to tackle challenges in health, energy and environment. To achieve process-structure-function design, we combine our house-developed multiscale simulation framework (quantum, atomistic, mesoscopic and continuum scales) with theories (Statistical Mechanics and quantum) and experiments at the interface between chemistry, physics and biology. Based on the fundamental studies, our lab is working on four specific areas: 1) biomaterials (peptide mimics/proteins, DNA/RNA/nucleic acids and lipids) and biotechniques (biosensors, drug delivery, bioremediation and bioenergy); 2) polymer-nanoparticle composite materials for water treatment and semiconducting polymers for polymer photovoltaics; 3) materials at severe conditions (such as high temperature and high pressure) for energy applications; 4) low-dimensional or nanoporous materials (such as graphene sheet(s), CNT, zeolites and MOFs) for biosensing, energy and pollution control (water/air).

Our research projects about interfacial phenomena (Biosensing, Polymer Membrane and Biointerfacial Electron Transfer) have been given media highlights on NSF, NSF/Xsede, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and many scientific news reports (nsf.org (11/30); xsede.org (11/29); tacc.utexas.edu (11/29); phys.org (11/30); physnews.com (11/30); eurekAlert.org (11/29); hitechdays.com (12/01); headlines-news.com (12/02); sciencedaily.com (12/02); scifeeds.com (11/30); follownews.com (11/30); eurekalert.org (11/29); technobahn.com (11/29); technology.org (12/28); sciencenewsline.org (11/30)):
‚Äč"Deep Insights From Surface Reactions" [Full Report] [PDF File]

More information on research projects.

People

Our current research team comprises the diverse and multidisciplinary expertise of a postdoctoral scholar, graduate and undergraduate students. Our team members have specialized in the varied areas of chemistry, biology and chemical engineering. More information on team members.

Publications

The lab has published peer-reviewed papers and given conference reports in ACS, AIP and AICHE. More information on research publications.

Support

The lab has received grants and computational resources from several federal agencies and national laboratories. More information on this support.

News

Associate Professor Preethi Chandran Partners with Heart of Tabitha Foundation on STEM and College Readiness Workshop

Fri, September 11, 2020

The Heart of Tabitha Foundation partnered with Howard University Chemical Engineering Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Preethi Chandran, Ph.D., and Catholic University Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Otto Wilson, Ph.D., to continue offering its annual summer workshop for local high school students in a virtual setting. The workshop focused on college readiness and STEM careers and featured speakers from several professions. Read More >>

Assistant Professor Solmaz Tabtabaei Receives $450K USDA Grant to Research 3D Food Printing for Plant Proteins

Mon, August 17, 2020

Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Solmaz Tabtabaei recently received a four-year $450K grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for her research on the classification of legumes and cereals for 3D food printing.Read More >>

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