Colloid and Interface Science / Biomimetic Materials Chemistry

The Keating research group has two major interdisciplinary research themes in the general areas of physical chemistry, colloid and interface science, biological chemistry and materials: 

(1) Cytomimetic chemistry, with an emphasis on experimental model systems for subcellular microcompartmentalization, and 

(2) Self- and directed assembly of particles, with an emphasis on bridging top-down and bottom-up fabrication approaches for multicomponent functional structures.

Click on one of the areas above, or from the menu on the right, to learn more. Our home is in the Chemistry Department at Penn State University, and we are affiliated with the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences and the Materials Research Institute on campus. Prof. Keating also serves on the graduate faculty of the Bioengineering Department.


Group News:

March 19 – David Kirby successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis

                  Congratulations, Dr. Kirby!

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March 17 – Andrew’s departmental seminar!

March 14 – Keating group Alumni Drs. Stacey Dean, Meghan Andes-Koback, Brad Davis, Ben Smith, and James Sioss (L to R in photo) are in town for a visit

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February 17 – Cliff Brangwynne visits from Princeton Chemical And Biological Engineering department and gives a great seminar on Intracellular Phase Transitions and Cell Size

January 12 – Classes begin for Spring Semester. This semester Prof. Keating is teaching CHEM 597A, Chemical Nanoscience.

November 24 – Chris Keating named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 19 – Welcome new first-year graduate students to the lab: Charlie Crowe, Philip Donahue, and Greg Mountain!

October 29 – Ally’s departmental seminar!

September 5 – New paper in ParticleSelf-assembled binary mixtures of partially etched nanowires.

August 25 – First day of classes in Fall semester.  Prof. Keating is teaching CHEM 488, Surface Chemistry, this semester.

August 20 – New paper in J. Phys. Chem. B published as Just Accepted: Interactions of macromolecular crowding agents and cosolutes with small molecule substrates: Effect on horseradish peroxidase activity with two different substrates.

August 20 – New paper in Nature Communications: Bioreactor droplets from liposome-stabilized all-aqueous emulsions

July 31 – REU student end of summer talks and posters - great job, Jiovanna, Kimberly and Robyn!

July 29 – Lab Cleanup Day

July 28 – Brad Davis successfully defends his PhD Thesis

               Congratulations, Dr. Davis!!

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July 3 – Collaborator Sheref Mansy visits from U Trento, Italy, and presents a great talk on"Integrating artificial with natural cells"

June 22 – Chris visits Dr. German Rivas and his research group  in Madrid at the CIB Cellular and Molecular Biology Department and presents a lecture, “Polymer solutions as a model cytoplasm in primitive artificial cells.”

June 14 – Chris travels to Italy to attend Biointerfaces GRC, where she chairs session on Synthetic Cells in which Profs. Luisi and Bayley present excellent lectures

May 27 – REU students arrive!  Welcome to Jiovanna Hermosillo (California State University Channel Island), Robyn Emery (Northwest University), and Kimberly Guzman Betancourt (University of Puerto Rico, Cayey)

May 11 – Drs. Liddell & Cacace return to PSU for the graduation ceremony

May 8 – New paper in Langmuir: Aqueous multi-phase systems within water-in-oil emulsion droplets for the construction of genetically encoded cellular mimics

May 3– New paper in Nano Research: Oxide-on-graphene field effect transistors. 

February 21 – Kristi Liddell successfully defends her Ph.D. Thesis

                    Congratulations, Dr. Liddell!!

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February 11 – New paper on sequential reactions in complex media with collaborators in Armaou and Maranas groups appears as "just accepted" in Journal of Physical Chemistry B!

January 30 – Christopher Strulson successfully defends his Ph.D. Thesis
                    Congratulations, Dr. Strulson!!

January 13 – First day of class, Spring Semester 2014.  Prof. Keating is teaching CHEM 597A, "Chemical Nanoscience" this semester.





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