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: Guigen Zhang, PhD
Clemson University, Dept. of Bioengineering
401 Rhodes Engineering Research Center
Clemson, SC 29634-0905

t: (864) 656-4262

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

Secretary/Treasurer: Anita Shukla, PhD
Brown University
182 Hope Street
Box D
Providence, RI 02912
t: (401) 863-5719

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

Web Contact: Yangxi Liu
University of South Dakota
4609 North Graduate Ave
Apt. 232
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
t: (443) 388-0561

Student Contact: Sujan Lamichhane
University of South Dakota
4800 N Career Ave
Ste 221
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
t: (973) 652-6800

Industry Representative: Nihar Shah, PhD
Director of Research
Bluegrass Advanced Materials, LLC
145 Graham Ave
Lexington, KY 40506
t: (864) 650-0578

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Gopinath Mani, PhD
The University of South Dakota
Biomedical Engineering
4800 N. Career Ave., Suite 221
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
t: 605-367-7773

Past Chair: Gopinath Mani, PhD
Senior Biocompatibility Specialist
St. Jude Medical
6901 Preston Road
Plano, Texas
t: (210) 863-5470

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