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Elda Hegmann

Assistant Professor

The focus of our research group is the use of liquid crystals for biological applications.

The main areas are:
a.) liquid crystals that are able to mimic biological materials and,
b.) biosensors for optical imaging and diagnostics.

The materials created in our lab will include materials with predictable and controllable/tuneable properties for the use of drug delivery systems and therapeutic purposes.  Another research area will be the imaging of biological cells and their behaviour on modified substrates and scaffolds.

Summer 2012 REU Project: "Liquid Crystal Template Synthesis of Transition Metal Oxide Nanomaterials and Liquid Crystal Scaffold"

CAREER:
  1. Assistant Professor, 2011 - @ KSU
  2. Associate Research Officer, 2008 - 2011 @ Institute for Biodiagnostics/National Research Council Canada (IBD-NRC)
  3. Postdoctoral Fellow at a Federal Laboratory (NSERC- PDF), 2005 - 2008 (IBD-NRC)
  4. Sessional Instructor, 2008 - 2011 @ International College of Manitoba (ICM)
  5. Sessional Instructor, 2007 - 2008 @ Chemistry Department; University of Manitoba (U of M)
  6. Postdoctoral Scholar, 2003 - 2005 @ U of M (M. Freund)
  7. Sessional Lab Instructor, 2003 - 2005 @ U of M
  8. Research Associate, 2002 - 2003 @ Queen’s University (B. Amsden)
  9. PhD 2003 @ Université Laval (C.G. Bazuin)
  10. MSc 1996 @ Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (D. Navarro-Rodríguez)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Publications (under maiden name):
  1. E. Bravo-Grimaldo, S. Hachey, C. G. Cameron, and M. S. Freund, “Metastable reaction mixtures for the in situ polymerization of conducting polymers”, Macromolecules 2007, 40, 7166-7170.
  2. M. Benouazzane, E. Bravo-Grimaldo, R. Bissessur, and C. G. Bazuin, “Zinc coordination of carboxylic acid surfactomesogens to poly(4-vinylpyridine)”, Macromolecules 2006, 39, 5364-5370.
  3. G. B. Kharas, J. R. Heiskell, J. Herrman, P. T. Kasudia, P. J. Schreiber, L. B. Passe, E. Bravo-Grimaldo, C. G. Bazuin, P. T. Romanowsky, and R. M. Schueller, “Solid-state polyelectrolyte complexes of branched poly(ethylenimine) and sodium lauryl sulfate”, Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A.: Pure and Applied Chemistry 2006, 43, 213-220.
  4. H. M. Younes, E. Bravo-Grimaldo, and B. G. Amsden, “Synthesis, characterization and in vitro degradation of a biodegradable elastomer”, Biomaterials 2004, 25, 5261-5269.
  5. B. Amsden, A. Hatefi, D. Knight, and E. Bravo-Grimaldo, “Development of biodegradable injectable thermoplastic oligomers”, Biomacromolecules 2004, 5, 637-642.
  6. C. G. Bazuin, J. Boivin, A. Tork, H. Tremblay, and E. Bravo-Grimaldo. “Variable composition mixtures of a tertiary amine-functionalized mesogen and poly(acrylic acid)”, Macromolecules 2002, 35, 6893-6899.
  7. J. Herrman, L. B. Passe, G. B. Kharas, E. Bravo-Grimaldo, C. G. Bazuin, P. T. Romanowsky, and R. M. Schueller, “Solid-state polyelectrolyte complexes of branched poly(ethylenimine) and sodium lauryl sulfate”, Amer. Chem. Soc. Polym. Prepr. 2001, 42 (2), 302-303.
  8. E. Bravo-Grimaldo, D. Navarro-Rodríguez, and D. Guillon, “Liquid crystal properties of poly(2-vinylpyridine) fully quaternized with a mesogenic group”, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 1997, 198, 3863-3869.
  9. E. Bravo-Grimaldo, D. Navarro-Rodríguez, and D. Guillon, “Liquid crystal properties of N-alkyl(ethylpyridinium) bromides -substituted with a mesogenic group”, Liq. Cryst. 1996, 20, 393-398.
  10. D. Navarro-Rodríguez, E. Bravo-Grimaldo, D. Guillon, and A. Skoulios, “Architecture moléculaire des P4VP modifiés avec des groupements mésogènes. Systèmes polymères : de la polymérisation aux propriétés”, Polytechnia, Paris 1995, 151-157.
PATENT(S)
  1. M. S. Freund, E. Bravo-Grimaldo, and S. Hachey. US PCT/CA2006/000879. “Metastable reaction mixtures for the in-situ polymerization of conducting polymers”
Elda Hegmann
OFFICE
Department of Chemistry
CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-1584
Fax: 330-672-2796
ehegmann@kent.edu
COURSES TEACHING
Fall 2014
  • CHEM 10030 - 001 Chemistry In Our World
  • CHEM 40796 - 003 Individual Investigation
Spring 2015
  • CHEM 10030 - 002 Chemistry In Our World