PhD Defense by Ren Geryak

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    • Thursday August 17, 2017
      10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: MoSE 1226
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Summary Sentence: Responsive Nanostructures for Controlled Alteration of Interfacial Properties

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THE SCHOOL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

 

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Under the provisions of the regulations for the degree

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

on Thursday, August 17, 2017

10:00 AM
in MoSE 1226

 

will be held the

 

DISSERTATION DEFENSE

for

 

Ren Geryak

 

"Responsive Nanostructures for Controlled Alteration of Interfacial Properties"

 

Committee Members:

 

Dr. Vladimir Tsukruk, Advisor, MSE

Dr. Dong Qin, MSE

Dr. Meisha Shofner, MSE

Dr. Andrei Fedorov, ME

Dr. Nancy Kelley-Loughnane, AFRL

 

Abstract:

 

Responsive materials are a class of materials that are capable of “intelligently” changing properties upon exposure to a stimulus. These materials can be created in such a way to change stiffness, adhesion, morphology, permeability and many other interfacial behaviors. In turn, these behaviors can be driven by a wide range of stimuli including chemical gradients, pH, mechanical stresses, electromagnetic fields, and temperature. While such materials are ubiquitous in nature, artificial assemblies of materials do not meet the requirements of biocompatibility combined with rapid, large-scale, and reversible changes in materials properties to create truly biomimetic systems. Silk ionomers are a promising candidate of biopolymers that combine the robust, biocompatible properties of silk fibroin with the responsive properties of poly-l-lysine and poly-l-glutamic acid. These polypeptides can be assembled using the well-known technique of layer-by-layer processing, allowing for the creation of finely tuned nanoscale multilayers coatings, but their properties remain largely unexplored in the literature. 

 

This research explores the properties of silk ionomer multilayers assembled in different geometries, ranging from planar films to three-dimensional microcapsules. This work studies the mechanical and interfacial properties of simple multilayers of silk ionomers using atomic force microscopy based testing. This leads to the development of responsive microcapsules that have highly pH dependent stiffness and permeability as well as the creation of reversible, self-rolling photopatterned microarrays. Finally, the research concludes with a discussion of complex systems that allow for chemical responsive fluorescence or magnetically responsive light scattering.

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