The Kong Lab
Our group’s overall goal is to develop advanced material systems that allow us to better understand and regulate interfacial and transport phenomena related to human health and sustainability. To achieve this goal, we focus on synthesis, characterization, and processing of “intelligent” materials with desired structure, property and functionality. We also integrate synthetic materials (e.g., polymer and metals) with living organism (e.g., cells tissue) by using cell and tissue engineering technologies and, in turn, create new hybrid materials that have not been explored to date. We are also utilizing the resulting material systems for a series of applications; (1) Diagnosis and treatments of diseases, (2) Control of surface fouling, (3) Engineering of self-adaptive devices, and (4) Assembly of autonomous miniature organs termed “organoids”.
In this context, our current research projects include:
Modular assembly of multifunctional nano- and microparticles for diagnosis, imaging, and treatments of vascular, muscular, and renal diseases
Prevention, sensing, and termination of molecular and cellular adhesion to materials used for bioimplants and power generation
Assembly of self-adaptive materials enabling controlled actuation, transformation and molecular release
Engineering of organoids enabling stimulus-responsive sensing, actuation, and detoxification