Anne Meyer, University of Rochester, "Biological architecture: From protective biocrystals to 3D-printed bacteria.". The Meyer lab performs research targeted at applying and re-engineering bacteria to synthesize bio-inspired materials with improved properties. This approach has the potential to replace traditional chemical approaches that require extreme environmental conditions, expensive equipment, and the generation of hazardous waste. We have targeted bacterial production of patterned artificial nacre, a biomineralized, optically active material lining seashells that combines high mechanical stiffness with high fracture toughness, as well as conductive graphene materials. Combination of our biological materials-producing systems with our newly developed 3D bacterial printers will allow the rapid and straight-forward production of spatially-structured biomaterials.
Monday, February 3 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Hutchison Hall, 473
Hutchison Hall, Rochester, NY