Shruti Seshandri, USA finalist
Shruti comes from Karnataka, India. She recieved her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.
She is a PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville, USA. Her research interests are self-assembly and electroactive ceramics. In her spare time Shruti enjoys running, reading and trekking.
Learning from nature: building materials from self-assembly
Nature’s plethora of materials with marvellous functionality is a source of inspiration for a materials scientist. In contrast to synthetic materials, most, if not all of nature’s materials are self-assembled using the bottom-up technique. This allows nature’s materials to grow, adapt and self-heal.
A major goal of materials science is to produce materials using bottom-up development to endow synthetic materials with similar properties. This approach impacts on virtually every type of material as it provides a general strategy by which large scale material properties can be controlled by choosing the molecular characteristics of a material.
It has wide applications, from drug delivery, photonic band gap materials and colloidal systems, to tissue engineering and biomaterials. This lecture will compare the top-down and bottom-up assembly techniques, explore self-assembly in general and will elucidate some of its aspects by using a biomolecular motor driven assembly system.