Eric M. Furst

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Within the field of nanotechnology, nanoparticles are one of the most prominent and promising candidates for technological applications. Self-assembly of nanoparticles has been identified as an important process where the building blocks spontaneously organize into ordered structures by thermodynamic and other constraints. However, in order to successfully(More)
Binding interactions between low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) and heparin-binding peptides (HBP) have been applied as a strategy for the assembly of hydrogels that are capable of sequestering growth factors and delivering them in a controlled manner. In this work, the assembly of four-arm star poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-LMWH conjugate with PEG-HBP(More)
Suspensions of paramagnetic colloids are driven to phase separate and self-assemble by a toggled magnetic field. Initially, all suspensions form network structures that span the sample cell. When the magnetic field is toggled, this network structure coarsens diffusively for a time that scales exponentially with frequency. Beyond this break through time,(More)
The viscoelastic properties of physical and chemical polymer gels are characterized through the liquid-solid transition using particle tracking microrheology. Measurements of the probe particle mean-squared displacement are shifted as the extent of gelation increases to generate master curves. From the shift factors, we determine the gel point and critical(More)
Dielectric spectroscopy is used to measure the complex permittivity of 200 and 100 nm diameter polystyrene latex suspended in potassium chloride (KCl) solutions over the frequency range 10(4)-10(7) Hz as a function of particle volume fraction (ϕ) and ionic strength. Dilute suspension dielectric spectra are in excellent agreement with electrokinetic theory.(More)
We investigate the assembly of colloidal ellipsoids in ac electric fields. Polystyrene latex ellipsoids with aspect ratios 3.0, 4.3, and 7.6 orient with the applied field and, at sufficient field strengths, interact to form particle chains at an angle with respect to the field. The characteristic chain angle decreases with increasing aspect ratio. The(More)
Many hydrogel materials of interest are homogeneous on the micrometer scale. Electrospinning, the formation of sub-micrometer to micrometer diameter fibers by a jet of fluid formed under an electric field, is one process being explored to create rich microstructures. However, electrospinning a hydrogel system as it reacts requires an understanding of the(More)
The effect of myosin motor protein activity on the filamentous actin (F-actin) rheological response is studied using diffusing wave spectroscopy. Under conditions of saturating motor activity, we find an enhancement of longitudinal filament fluctuations corresponding to a scaling of the viscoelastic shear modulus G(d)(omega) approximately omega(7/8). As the(More)
We report measurements of the nonlinear micromechanics of strongly flocculated model colloidal aggregates. Linear aggregates directly assembled using laser tweezers are subjected to bending loads until a critical bending moment is reached, which is identified by a stictionlike rearrangement of a single colloidal bond. This nanoscale phenomenon provides a(More)