Maria Santore Research Group

Polymer-Induced Interactions in Complex Fluids

Polymers added to suspensions of particles and droplets can be adsorbed or depleted from their surfaces, setting up attractions and repulsions between them.  This in turn can cause aggregation or stabilization and can produce phase separation.  Work in the Santore lab aims to create new materials by incorporating new particulate species and bacteria in aggregates and equilibrium phases, including coacervates and depletion-driven phase separation.