Matthew R. Begley

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This paper describes a micromechanical analysis of the uniaxial response of composites comprising elastic platelets (bricks) bonded together with thin elastic perfectly plastic layers (mortar). The model yields closed-form results for the spatial variation of displacements in the bricks as a function of constituent properties, which can be used to calculate(More)
Combining DNA and superparamagnetic beads in a rotating magnetic field produces multiparticle aggregates that are visually striking, enabling label-free optical detection and quantification of DNA at levels in the picogram per microliter range. DNA in biological samples can be quantified directly by simple analysis of optical images of microfluidic wells(More)
We recently defined a method for fabricating multilayer microdevices using poly(ethylene terephthalate) transparency film and printer toner, and showed these could be successfully applied to DNA extraction and amplification (Duarte et al., Anal. Chem. 2011, 83, 5182-5189). Here, we advance the functionality of these microdevices with flow control enabled by(More)
We present an experimental study of the energetics of repulsion between end-grafted fragments of double-stranded DNA. The absorption isotherm of thiolated DNA fragments has been measured as a function of DNA chain length as well as the salinity of the surrounding solution. The results are consistent with a simple excluded-volume model of the interaction(More)
Here, we show how the mechanical properties of a thick-shelled tropical seed are adapted to permit them to germinate while preventing their predation. The seed has evolved a complex heterogeneous microstructure resulting in hardness, stiffness and fracture toughness values that place the structure at the intersection of these competing selective(More)
Nanoporous gold (np-Au) has intriguing material properties that offer potential benefits for many applications due to its high specific surface area, well-characterized thiol-gold surface chemistry, high electrical conductivity, and reduced stiffness. The research on np-Au has taken place on various fronts, including advanced microfabrication and(More)
ÐThe adhesion between thin elastic ®lms/coatings and ductile substrates can be measured using a wedge test, wherein a long sharp edge is impressed through the ®lm into the substrate. The resulting plastic deformation causes delamination between the ®lm and the substrate. The extent of the delamination can be correlated with the crack driving force to(More)
This work describes the performance of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microfluidic DNA purification devices with embedded microfabricated posts, functionalized with chitosan. PMMA is attractive as a substrate for creating high surface area (SA) posts for DNA capture because X-ray lithography can be exploited for extremely reproducible fabrication of high(More)
The in-plane fracture resistance of a crossply Si3N4/BN fibrous monolith in the 0°/90° and 645° orientations is examined through tests on notched flexure specimens. The measurements and observations demonstrate the importance of fiber pullout following fiber fracture. The mechanical response is modeled using a crack-bridging approach. Two complementary(More)
Neural electrodes are essential tools for the study of the nervous system and related diseases. Low electrode impedance is a figure of merit for sensitive detection of neural electrical activity and numerous studies have aimed to reduce impedance. Unfortunately, most of these efforts have been tethered by a combination of poor functional coating adhesion,(More)