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Materials for Biological Environments Group


We develop measurement science, technology, and standards to ensure the reliability of engineered materials in biological environments.  We emphasize new measurement techniques to characterize the nanoscale to microscale structure and properties at interface between engineered materials and the biological environment.


Resonating Platforms for Nanomaterial Analysis—Our goal is to develop quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) instrumentation and advanced oscillators with enhanced sensitivity to address characterization of …

Nanotechnology for Sustainable Water and Energy—Objective We synthesize and characterize catalytic nanoparticles and nanoparticle-enhanced membranes for more efficient water treatment and alternative energy technologies. We systematically alter …

Medical Device Reliability—The growing sophistication of electronic medical devices results in two broad benefits for both individuals and society: improved survivability in the face of disease or injury and greatly enhanced …

Legacy Project - Fate of Nanoparticles in Neural Environments—Our goal is to develop an advanced in vitro system for nano-neurotoxicology that employs neural progenitor cells and tissue-engineering hydrogels. This work will enable rapid screening of …

Instrumented Bioreactors—Our goal is to develop novel bioreactors that combine mechanical stimulation with integrated sensing to enable real-time optimization of the durability, permeability, and transport properties of …

Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

Materials for Biological Environments Group
Timothy Quinn, Group Leader

325 Broadway, MS 647.08
Boulder, CO 80305-3328

303-497-3480 Office
303-497-5030 Fax