Active matters capable of converting chemical energy to mechanical energy present unique features such as self-locomotion and self-manipulation. These matters can discover new physics rules and also have potentials to overcome various technical hurdles in biological applications including anti-fouling and molecular/cell therapies. Our group has been working on assembling active matters that modulate molecular transport across biophysical barriers. This talk will highlight some of applications we recently demonstrated. These applications include (1) self-propelling microbubblers that can remove bacterial biofilm in confined spaces and (2) colloidal pumps that can discharge molecular cargos in response to an external stimulus.
Biography Hyunjoon Kong is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and Pathobiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also holds affiliation with the Department of Bioengineering, Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, and Neuroscience Program. He received his engineering education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Ph. D.) and performed post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan and Harvard University. He joined the University of Illinois in 2007. During the academic life, he received the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, the Career Award from NSF, Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, UIUC Engineering Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, Centennial Scholar, and Promotion Award. He was elected to an American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow. Up to dates, he has published 150 papers in various peer-reviewed journals.