Erika Merschrod's group is developing new types of protein scaffolds for use in cell culture and tissue engineering. This exciting work involves contributions from undergraduate and graduate students working with a range of cutting-edge biomaterials research techniques.
A major issue in creating a successful tissue scaffold is being able to optimize the structure across length scales. A recent paper from the Merschrod group in the journal Langmuir (DOI: 10.1021/la703292h) presents a new approach to templating materials with control from the nanoscale to the macroscale.
Several students in the Kerton group have been researching the use of fishery waste (crab, lobster and shrimp shells) to make chemicals. Three papers have been published in 2012 on this chemistry. The first paper, which was published in Green Chemistry, shows that chitosan can be used to generate biofuel related molecules in good yields. This paper was one of the most accessed articles in the journal during April 2012. The group has also been able to prepare the first N-containing biorefinery platform chemical using N-acetylglucosamine (the monomer found in chitin) as a feedstock. This work was published in the RSC's new interdisciplinary journal RSC advances and Wiley's flagship sustainability journal ChemSusChem. We recently (2013) published a perspective incl. this chemistry and our photo was chosen for the the cover page. Find our more about Green Chemistry @MUN by visiting our group's website.