Biomaterials I Polymer Engineering Surface & Colloids Outreach Activities
  1. Surface & Colloids (MTGN 498/MTGN 598/MLGN 598)

    TEXTBOOKS: Intermolecular and Surface Forces (by Jacob Israelachvili).


    Co-existence of dissimilar matter is universal: thin film coating, surface absorption/biofouling, welding, colloidal mixture stability, composite materials, biocompatibility, self-assembly systems are just a few examples. Although each of these subjects has grown into rigorous disciplines by themselves, at a more fundamental level, a comprehensive understanding of the interactions among all forms of matter relies on our understanding of the behavior and properties of surfaces and colloids, which consist of a myriad of assembly from atoms, molecules to macroscopic particles. This course will treat three main subjects: 1) forces between atoms and molecules, which unify the “old” and “new” forces defining the inter-molecular interactions at nano-scale; 2) forces between particles and surfaces, which explain “large-body” interactions such as colloidal assembly, surface adhesion, polymer coating etc., as well as surface characterization methods such as SFA and AFM; 3) self-assembly systems, which discuss the interactions and assembly of multi-component systems, particularly micelles, bilayers and cellular membranes that have biological relevance. The purpose of this class is to provide insight for students to understand a wide range of topics such as thin films, colloids, biomaterials, and self-assembly systems and so forth from a fundamental perspective. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.


    DCGN210 or consent of instructor