Finding New Uses for Soft Matter
Nature offers many examples of unique materials and structures that result from the delicate balance of interactions between biomolecules. For example, bacteria are the source of many amazing materials—such as superglues, strong polymer networks, protein filaments, and hydrogels—with structures so unique that we can only hope to emulate them in the laboratory.
Biological and soft materials have a wide range of important applications in areas ranging from sustainable energy to medical diagnosis and treatment. They also play a critical role in the ongoing search to find new uses for existing materials.
Dr. John Dutcher, Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter and Biological Physics, is applying a wide range of specialized experimental techniques and physics-based strategies, in order to understand the underlying structures and mechanisms of action of these fascinating materials.
Dutcher’s research will provide new insights into the underlying physical, chemical and biological properties of soft matter and biological materials, and will lead to new uses for these materials.