Sol M. Gruner, Cornell University

Professor Ithaca, New York smg26@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-3441

Bio/Research

My research is aimed at understanding the structure and properties of proteins, lyotropic liquid crystals, block co-polymers and mesoporous composites. Examples include the effects of pressure on protein assemblies, the synthesis and properties of polymer-based nanocomposites, the interaction be...

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Bio/Research

My research is aimed at understanding the structure and properties of proteins, lyotropic liquid crystals, block co-polymers and mesoporous composites. Examples include the effects of pressure on protein assemblies, the synthesis and properties of polymer-based nanocomposites, the interaction between membrane proteins and lipid bilayers, and techniques to determine protein structure from microcrystals. The work is diverse and is characterized by collaborations with biologically- and chemically-oriented scientists, the development of new instrumentation and techniques, especially as involves x-rays and synchrotron radiation. I also believe that physicists are tool makers and, in consequence, most everyone in the group is involved in instrumentation and technique development as applied to the materials listed, above.

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