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We are interested in applying the principles of soft materials science, device engineering, and applied chemistry (molecular engineering) to probe chemical and physical interactions at complex interfaces. Our group members focus on engineering responsive soft materials–polymers and emulsions–with bio-inspired functions for a wide range of applications in biomimicry, chemical and biosensors, and environmental monitoring.

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February 21, 2023

Baishali's manuscript was published in Soft MatterWe combined PDMS microfluidics and dynamic complex droplets to create a lab-on-a-chip sensing platform with multiplexed and continuous capability. Tyler, Izzy, and Aakanksha are also co-authors. (Link to the paper.)

BB paper

November 22, 2022

Leo and Laura received the Scott Roberts Scholarship! This award funds four chemical engineering undergraduate students to perform independent research ($2,500 award for a semester). Congratulations to Leo and Laura!

November 13, 2022

SRL and ChEE at the 2022 AIChE Annual Meeting! The entire SRL group attended this year AIChE national conference in Phoenix with many members from the ChEE department. Suchol presented a talk in the Next-Gen Sensors session; Tyler, Baishali, and Cameron also presented their work in the poster sessions. 


AICHE 2022

November 17, 2022

Tyler's manuscript was published in GiantIn this work, we characterized a series of amphiphilic block copolymers with enzymatic functional groups and demonstrated the ability to turn "on" and "off" this enzymatic activity by interfacial controls. Baishali Barua is also a co-author. (Link to the paper.)

TD paper

August 23, 2022

Welcome to the group Matt! Matt Danley joins our research group as a Ph.D. student this Fall 2022. Matt received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and his master's degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is also a recipient of the Herbold Fellowship from the University of Arizona, which funds the first year of his study. 


August 17, 2022

SRL is part of a research team that has received $1.487 million from the Arizona Board of Regents! This fund will support the development of economical methods for the detection and treatment of PFAS. Vicky Karanikola, Mark Brusseau, and Jani Ingram (NAU) are co-investigators. (Link. Story and photo: Emily Dieckman)


July 11, 2022

Welcome to our new group members: Laura Dunham, Leo Partida, and Jamie Holmstrom! Laura, Leo, and Jamie will start their junior year in chemical engineering this Fall. Welcome all to the group!



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