Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Delaware
201 DuPont Hall
Newark, DE 19716-3106
B.S., University of Delaware, 1989
M.S., University of Georgia, 1991
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2001
The Kiick group investigates the synthesis, characterization, and application of biologically inspired and biologically produced materials. We are exploring the uses of protein- and peptide-based materials, and self-assembled networks in a variety of diverse applications such as toxin neutralization, viral inhibition, control of cellular responses, drug delivery, and light-emitting films. These projects exploit the control of polymer architecture afforded by protein engineering methods to permit synthesis of advanced materials for specific applications, and they employ a varied combination of materials synthesis and characterization methods. Protein engineering strategies are used to produce designed protein materials, biochemical methods are employed for protein purification, and chemical methods are used to modify the proteins with appropriate ligands. Immunochemical assays, scattering methods, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and cell culture are also utilized as appropriate to characterize these polymeric systems. The production of these unique macromolecular systems will expedite the development of new biomaterials and therapeutic strategies.