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Dr. David Brant, Director, Biomaterials Program, NSF to Speak at Kent State

Posted Oct, 29, 2009

Kent State University, Student Center, Room 306
Dec. 7, 2009, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.


The purpose of this meeting is for you to learn about the type of research activities the National Science Foundation funds through various “Bio”-relevant programs in different units of the foundation and how you can benefit from current and upcoming opportunities.

About Dr. Brant:

Dr. David Brant is the founding program director for the Biomaterials program of the Division of Materials Research (DMR). His program supports fundamental research at the intersection of the physical, chemical, and biological sciences.  Projects currently supported by this program include the preparation, characterization, structure-property relationships, and applications of biomaterials.   Emphasis is on novel design of biomaterials, including bio-derived, bio-inspired, bio-mimetic and bio-compatible materials, discovery of new phenomena, and the combination of experiment with theory and/or simulation.  General areas of interest include self- and directed molecular assemblies, surfaces and interfaces, membranes and vesicles, gels and networks, carriers and drug delivery systems, smart and self-healing systems, tissue culture scaffolds, mineralization, hybrids and composites, multi-functional biomaterials such as photonic and electronic biomaterials, biomaterials for energy harvesting, conversion and storage, and biomaterials for sensors and actuators.

He will discuss:

  • His program and other “bio-opportunities” such as those under the Physics of Living Systems program and the Directorate of Biology at NSF.
  • How are NSF’s criteria for funding different from those of NIH?
  • He will also visit selected laboratories on Kent campus and hold individual discussions.

This event is free.  Light refreshments will be served.