Research

Soft Materials

Duke is home to a diverse science and engineering research community focusing on the area of soft and wet materials, often with cross-disciplinary contact with engineering and chemistry researchers working in bio-related fields.

Soft materials research at Duke features cross-disciplinary contact with engineering and chemistry researchers working in bio-related fields

Ongoing interests include the design of "smart" biomolecular nano-structures, characterization of soft-wet materials on surfaces and interfaces, biomolecular sensors and biointerfaces.

Recent research projects include:

  • HIV-1 antibody lipid interactions
  • ssDNA synthesis and self-assembly
  • Bacterial precipitation of cadmium sulfide quantum dots

Research Faculty

Patrick Charbonneau

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Joel Collier

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Stephen Lawrence Craig

William T. Miller Professor of Chemistry

Christine K. Payne

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Michael Rubinstein

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Christoph F. Schmidt

Hertha Sponer Professor of Physics

Joshua Socolar

Professor of Physics

Jennifer L West

Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering

Mark Wiesner

James B. Duke Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Benjamin Yellen

Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Stefan Zauscher

Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science