Zauscher Lab | Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University


Zauscherlab Summer 2014

Lab lunch in August 2014.
From left to right (back row): Qing Tu, Yaying Feng, Prof. Stefan Zauscher, Daniel French and Luis Navarro
From left to right (front row):Renpeng Gu, Miriam Simon, Dr. Zehra Parlak, Kate Marusak, and Lei Tang
Missing: Dr. Isao Aritome, Eric Zhang, Madhurima Vardhan, Gene Wong

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HIV-1 Antibodies and Vaccine Antigen Selectively Interact with Lipid Domains

Greg’s paper was just published in BBA – Biomembranes. Congrats Greg!

2014 Biointerface Science GRC, Il Ciocco

The 2014 Gordon Research Conference in Biointerface Science was a resounding success. Thanks go to all the speakers and discussion leaders, for presenting thought provoking new material and for providing excellent discussions! A link to the program can be found here: 2014 Biointerface Science GRC Program

I also would like to thank the sponsors, including GRC, NSF, ARO, ONR-G, ICAM, Biointerphases, Oxford Instruments, NSF Triangle MRSEC, and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke.



Congratulations Lei!

Congratulate Lei Tang for passing her preliminary exam today, well done Lei!

Zauscher CV 2014

Click here to download:  Zauscher CV, March 2014

Proposal funded by Duke’s Energy Initiative Research Seed Fund!

A collaborative and interdisciplinary proposal entitled “Carbon-Supported Earth-Abundant Materials with Tailored Interfaces for Energy Applications” was recently funded by Duke University’s Energy Initiative Energy Research Seed Fund. In this activity, the PIs will leverage their combined expertise in synthesis by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) (Glass), characterization by Accoustic and Electrochemical Scanning Probe Microscopies (SPM) (Zauscher), and first-principles Atomistic Simulations of interfacial structure and electronic properties (Blum), to fabricate carbon-supported transition metal 2D materials with enhanced properties to improve their efficiency and viability for energy applications.


Zauscherlab Jungle Gym for Asylum AFM

We just finished building a passive vibration damping system for our Asylum MFP-3D. The “jungle gym” like structure doubly isolates the AFM. The weighted frame sits on four air springs, and the AFM, supported by extended bungee cords, floats over the table in the frame. photophoto 1

Congratulations Dr. Hardy!

Greg Hardy passed his Ph.D. defense with flying colors on Thursday March 27, 2014. Congratulations Greg!

Zauscherlab Hike

We took advantage of a sunny, 70Group_Hike_2014F day to skip out and do a short hike along the Eno river.

Enzymatic Polymerization of High Molecular Weight DNA Amphiphiles That Self-Assemble into Star-Like Micelles

Here the link to the polynucleotide micelle paper: