Thermoplastic Properties of a Structural Protein

Tarih: 27.06.2014
Yer: Boğaziçi University North Campus (Kare Blok Bldg, 3rd Floor) Chemistry Department Seminar Room, Hisarüstü

Dr. Melik Demirel

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University Bio-derived or natural materials have been a fundamental part of human life since the dawn of civilization. However, due to exploitation of natural resources and cost issues, synthetic materials are replacing bio-derived materials in many industrial products. There is, accordingly, an ongoing and unmet need to develop novel materials that can be produced easily from renewable resources, at reduced cost and in a broad array of useful applications. Recombinant expression or direct extraction of elastomers from biological organisms can provide a new generation of recyclable-engineered materials. Understanding the structures and functional characteristics of these novel elastomeric materials will expedite the design, fabrication and synthesis of eco-friendly, recyclable, advanced materials with novel surface (e.g., wetting, friction and transport) characteristics.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Melik Demirel is a tenured Professor of Engineering, Materials Research Institute and Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Over the last decade, Professor Demirel and his research team have focused on developing functional nanoscale biomimetic materials. His team designed, fabricated and synthesized advanced materials by studying the functional transitions of biomimetic systems, both computationally and experimentally. This approach opens up a new field of functional biomimetic materials for manufacturing eco-friendly advanced materials and devices. He have co-authored seventy refereed articles (including high impact journals, e.g. Nature Materials, Nature Biotechnology) in functional materials. Prof. Demirel's achievements have been recognized, in part, through his receipt of a Young Investigator Award from the Department of Defense, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, as a Wyss Institute Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, an Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter Junior Fellowship, The Nicholas and Gelsa Pelick Biotechnology Innovation Award and the Pearce Development Professorship, and a Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Research Award.