Materials Synthesis and Characterization

Chemical and Structural Analysis of Biomaterials

Spectroscopic techniques such as Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transforma-InfraRed (FTIR), and Gel permeation chromatography (GPC), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Dynamic light scattering (DLS), Electrophoritic measurements. Structural characterization using electron microscope such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Diffractions (XRD), and Atomic Force Miscroscopy (AFM). 

Thermal and Surface Analysis of Biomaterials

Thermal properties of polymer network using Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) are performed. Surface analysis of biomaterials via Contact angle measurements, Surface tension, Permiability, Porosity.

Biomechanical and Rheological Characterization

Uniaxial Compression testing, Tension and torson testing, Rheology and shear testing.

Biological Testing

Cytocompatibility and Biocompatibility Testing

In vitro cellular assay (Direct Contact, Indirect Contact, Test on extract, MTT Assay), Cell Adhesion Test.

Genomic Testing and Analysis

Whole genome sequencing (RNA-seq). Analysis of Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Toxicity.

Hemocompatibility

Coagulation testing, Percentage hemolysis, Partial Thromboplastin time (PTT), Prothrombin Time (PT), Fibrinogen Assay.

Additive Manufacturing and Prototyping

3D Bioprinting

Using 3D bioprinting to generate complex geometries with enhanced mechanical properties and cytocompatibility

Bioink Development

Developing material formulations with tunable functionalities for designing biomimetic microenvironments through various bio-fabrications techniques.  

3D Printing Therapeutic Proteins 

Utilizing a unique bioink with 2D clay nanomaterials to sequester various proteins in a 3D printed construct and allowing sustained release to direct specific cell functions. 

Request Testing Services

Our lab is experienced in a variety of biomaterial synthesis, characterization techniques and cell-biomaterial interactions. We have the equipment and resources to assist users in testing at the rates listed below.
TAMU User Rate
100/hour
Non-TAMU User Rate
200/hour