Aparna Raman

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Phosphonate-steel interactions have been industrially significant for decades, but details of the phosphonate-steel interface have not yet been characterized. Self-assembled monolayers of phosphonic acids were formed on stainless steel 316L by room-temperature solution deposition. The acids are covalently bound to the surface as phosphonates in a bidentate(More)
This paper presents an interactive and improvisational jam session, including human players and two robotic musicians. The project was developed in an effort to create novel and inspiring music through human-robot collaboration. The jam session incorporates Shimon, a newly-developed socially-interactive robotic marimba player, and Haile, a perceptual(More)
Stainless steel 316L is a widely used biomaterial substrate whose biocompatibility could be improved by surface modification. As a first step in this process, self-assembled monolayers of octanoic acid, octadecylcarboxylic acid, 16-hydroxyhexadecanoic acid, 12-aminododecanoic acid, and 1,12-dodecane dicarboxylic acid have been formed on the native oxide(More)
Native oxide surfaces of stainless steel 316L and Nitinol alloys and their constituent metal oxides, namely nickel, chromium, molybdenum, manganese, iron, and titanium, were modified with long chain organic acids to better understand organic film formation. The adhesion and stability of films of octadecylphosphonic acid, octadecylhydroxamic acid,(More)
Inhibiting the non-specific adhesion of cells and proteins to biomaterials such as stents, catheters and guide wires is an important interfacial issue that needs to be addressed in order to reduce surface-related implant complications. Medical grade stainless steel 316L was used as a model system to address this issue. To alter the interfacial property of(More)
There is a great need for novel materials for mineralized tissue repair and regeneration. Two examples of such tissue, bone and dentin, are highly organized hierarchical nanocomposites in which mineral and organic phases interface at the molecular level. In contrast, current graft materials are either ceramic powders or physical blends of mineral and(More)
Cloud computing as a disruptive technology has given a chance to explore computing as a utility. The pay as you go model provides a flexible model to optimize cost. For different needs, cloud computing offers different models and services to balance the cost, time and resources. Faster communication is the need of each academic institute today to facilitate(More)
Development of coatings to minimize unwanted surface adsorption is extremely important for their use in applications, such as sensors and medical implants. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are an excellent choice for coatings that minimize nonspecific adsorption because they can be uniform and have a very high surface coverage. Another equally important(More)