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Bioinspired Soft Materials Center blurs boundaries between the animate and inanimate

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Posted October 21, 2015

Multidisciplinary collaboration key to developing new materials that can mimic the movement of living things.

Materials science and engineering research thrives in collaborative environments. On Feb. 18, 2015, NSF announced awards for 12 Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) for multidisciplinary work that covers all areas of material science, fostering active university, national laboratory, industrial and international collaboration with integral multidisciplinary education and outreach. The centers support some of the world's best multi- and inter-disciplinary materials research and education addressing fundamental problems, such as developing new nanomaterials to build better artificial knee replacements and heart valves or developing 2-D materials that will likely transform computing. Credit: Hera Vlamakis, Harvard University Medical School

On Feb. 18, 2015, NSF announced awards for 12 Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) for multidisciplinary work that covers all areas of material science, fostering active university, national laboratory, industrial and international collaboration with integral multidisciplinary education and outreach. The centers support some of the world’s best multi- and inter-disciplinary materials research and education addressing fundamental problems, such as developing new nanomaterials to build better artificial knee replacements and heart valves or developing 2-D materials that will likely transform computing. Credit: Hera Vlamakis, Harvard University Medical School

Scientists at the Bioinspired Soft Materials Center at Brandeis University are using fundamentally new approaches to study bioinspired soft materials, with the ultimate goal of developing new materials for artificial muscles, self-pumping fluids and self-healing materials.

The center is among the Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It provides a multidisciplinary education for students in physics, chemistry and biology that will contribute to the workforce at the research frontiers and also contribute to the needs of emerging biomaterials industries. MRSECs support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society

The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #0820492, Constraints and Frustration in Nano-Structured and Bio-Molecular Materials.

Source: NSF

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