The focus of our research group is to design and synthesize, discover, modify and adapt biocompatabile materials for biomedical applications. These include synthetic and natural biomaterials and nano-biomaterials including proteins and polysaccharides.
The focus of this research area is to explore the production of useful natural materials and in particular, those relevant to biomedical and health related applications. The processes used should be environmentally friendly in terms of CO2 emission and carbon utilization. This criterion should also be applied to the subsequent separation and purification steps. Our main focuses are bacterial cellulose, a nanobiomaterial, produced by microbial fermentation and the use of microalgae/cyanobacteria in photochemical processes utilizing CO2 as the carbon source to produce algal oil for biofuels, natural and degradable polymers and astaxanthin, a potent natural antioxidant that is a FDA approved dietary ingredient. For more information on my research in this area, please see my Green Process and Biomaterials page.
The inter-relationship among these areas of research can be seen in the following chart: