Ware Lab Research Interests:
In biological materials, heterogeneity and anisotropy enable a multitude of functions. We still lack the tools needed to build synthetic materials with similar complexity. Our lab is interested in reducing the discrepancy between natural and synthetic materials. We see these new materials as tools to solve important interdisciplinary problems.
Specifically, we are interested in:
- The chemistry and processing of smart elastomers, hydrogels, and composites
- The fabrication of biomedical (micro)devices that sense and respond to the mechanical and chemical physiological environment.
- Programming and patterning of liquid crystalline polymeric materials
- Engineered living materials
In addition, our lab specializes in mechanical characterization of materials in simulated physiological environments, surface modification, and microfabrication.