Reported in Nature Materials, we demonstrate the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) to quantitatively derive the energy landscape of modular rupture and refolding of our titin-mimicking polymer. This is the first example of a direct correlation between nano-mechanical properties and bulk mechanical performance using the energy landscape derived from SMFS. The report demonstrates the potential for SMFS to serve as a guide for rational design of advanced multifunctional materials.
6/16/15 Welcome to Judy who will be joining us for the summer as an Allergan Undergraduate Research Fellow!
6/15/15 Congrats to Olivia for successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis!
6/13/15 Congrats to Miguel, Olivia, and Tobi for being hooded at the commencement!
5/26/15 Congrats to James for passing the orals! Fantastic job!
5/21/15 Congratulations to Tobi for the Teaching Award and James for the Gebel Award! Fantastic!
5/6/15 Congrats to Olivia and Jae for the JACS Comm reporting the tune of boronic esters for dynamic/self-healing polymers!