de Pablo Group: Glassy Materials

Glasses are materials that have the microscopically disordered structure of a liquid and the mechanical properties of solids. Hence, such materials find vital usage in a variety of engineering applications. Our research focuses on understanding the dynamics and engineering of such materials for different purposes.

One of uses of glassy materials is in the long-term storage for biological materials, a problem, which presents interesting challenges. Using statistical mechanics and molecular modeling techniques, we work on developing certain key factors that contribute to maintaining protein structure and function over extended storage times. Gaining a better understanding of these systems will result in the more intelligent design of storage materials. Longer storage times will enhance the availability of biological materials like drugs and vaccines.

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