Surface Characterization & Modification

The Surface Characterization and Modification Special Interest Group emphasizes two major research topics: 1) improving understanding of biomaterial surface structure and its relationship to biological performance, and 2) developing surface modification strategies for biomaterials. Some research areas that fall under these topics include spectroscopic, microscopic, and biochemical surface characterization, thin film deposition; chemical and ion surface modification; lubrication, passivation/corrosion, and biological films; and quality assurance of device surfaces. This Special Interest Group will be active in arranging workshops, symposia, and annual meeting sessions for the Society. Through these venues the Special Interest Group will provide a forum for exchange of ideas, methods, and expertise in surface characterization and modification.


Chair: Anita Shukla, PhD
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Brown University
182 Hope Street
Box D
Providence, RI 02912
t: (401) 863-5719

Vice Chair: Hitesh Handa, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia
220 Riverbend Road
Athens, GA 30602
t: (706) 542-8109

Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth Joy Brisbois, PhD
University of Central Florida
6900 Lake Nona Blvd
Burnett Building
Orlando, FL 32827

Program Chair: Hongli Sun, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Iowa
801 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52246
t: (319) 335-1217

Web Contact: Balakrishnan Sivaraman, PhD
Staff R&D Engineer
Thoratec Corporation
23 Fourth Ave
Burlington, MA 01803
t: (415) 779-2258

Student Contact: Bethany Almeida
80 Medway Street
Apartment 5
Providence, RI 02906
t: (401) 863-5836

Industry Representative: Gopinath Mani, PhD
Senior Biocompatibility Scientist
6901 Preston Road
Plano, TX 75024
t: (210) 863-5470

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Gopinath Mani, PhD
Senior Biocompatibility Scientist
6901 Preston Road
Plano, TX 75024
t: (210) 863-5470

Past Chair: Guigen Zhang, PhD
University of Kentucky
522A RMB, 143 Graham Avenue
Lexington, KY 40506-0108
t: (859) 323-7217

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