Post-Doctoral MIT 2012; Ph.D. Montana State University 2006; B.S. Temple University 2001
In this schematic, bifunctional peptides that bind to conducting nanotubes are allowed to bind to electroactive particles. The peptides lash together conductor with electroactive particles to make bio-lashed battery electrodes.
The emphasis of my research lives at the interface between chemistry, biology, and materials. My lab uses biological molecules (peptides) to improve the properties of materials. Using a technique called phage display we are looking for peptides that have high binding affinity for diverse materials. We will combine these peptides in order to improve the functionality and applications of these materials.
Specific immediate focus
As I develop broad based research projects my first goal is to use biology to improve the properties of lithium ion batteries. In this project I will isolate peptides that have a strong binding affinity to electroactive materials and combine them with a peptide sequence that has high affinity to conducting nanowires like carbon nanotubes. This will result in a hybrid battery electrode that has improved power and cyclibility over commercially available batteries.