Nanocomposites for biomedical & environmental applications


In this talk I will discuss some applications in which the proper combination of synthesis and characterization methods help fine-tune the performance of a nanocomposite. In this regard, the extensive use of polysaccharides and proteins has triggered many interested applications due to the presence of amine, carboxyl and hydroxyl groups. In acidic aqueous media, the primary amine protonates giving rise to hydrogen abstraction, chelation, and other bonding forces when in the presence of an “appropriate” substrate. In this regard, I will present three investigations that our group has developed:

  1. Antibacterial Skin Patch. 
  2. Cu++ Detection Electrode
  3. Protein-coated magnetic nanowires as highly detectable optical labels.