Welcome to the Benoit Lab
Our lab works at the interface of medicine and engineering, with an emphasis on precisely controlling biomaterial functionality and architecture to treat diseases, control cell behavior, or answer fundamental biological questions. In particular, we are focusing on two avenues: synthetic hydrogels with tunable degradation and mechanical properties as a synthetic extracellular matrix analogue for the culture and delivery of cells for regenerative medicine approaches and polymers formed using reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT), a controlled, living polymerization strategy, designed with drug delivery applications in mind. Our overall hypothesis is that by using bottom-up approaches, we can design ‘smart’ materials with distinct capabilities, such as controlling cell behavior or overcoming delivery barriers.
Current Research Projects
- Ultrathin gradient films using thiol-ene polymerizations.Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 44, 7027-7039. (2006 Sep 06).
- Application of chitosan entrapped beta-galactosidase in a packed bed reactor system.Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 91, 1294-1299. (2003 May 23).
- Economic analysis of composting crab processing waste.Compost Science and Utilization. 10, 47-56. (2002 Jan 01).