David A Brass

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An analysis is developed for the frequency response of a quartz crystal resonator (often referred to as a quartz crystal microbalance) that is modified with a grafted solvent-swollen polymer brush and placed in contact with a membrane capping layer. The shear wave generated at the resonator surface couples into the membrane layer with an efficiency that is(More)
The adhesive proteins secreted by marine mussels form a natural glue that cures rapidly to form strong and durable bonds in aqueous environments. These mussel adhesive proteins contain an unusual amino acid, 3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine (DOPA), which is largely responsible for their cohesive and adhesive strengths. In this study, we incorporated DOPA into(More)
The contribution of non-specific interactions between cells and model functional surfaces was measured using a spinning disc apparatus. These model functional surfaces were created using self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of alkylsilanes terminated with epoxide, carboxyl (COOH), amine (NH(2)), and methyl (CH(3)) groups. These SAMs were characterized using(More)
A quartz crystal resonator was used to characterize the contact of an elastomeric polymer membrane with a grafted poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brush in an aqueous environment. A two-layer model of the acoustic impedance of the system was used to measure the brush thickness before and after contact with the membrane. This model was further extended to include(More)
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