Patra_Prabir_2014Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Office Location: Engineering – Technology Bldg – Office 159
Telephone: (203) 576-4165
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The focus of Dr. Patra’s research is to understand the fundamentals of biophysical science processes at a nano-scale and apply their underlying principles to develop hybrid material structure, properties, and arrangement through growth and modification for novel biomedical engineering applications. Keeping this as the central theme, his research is directed toward two major areas. The first area involves continued research efforts on polymer nanomaterials that emphasize creativity and collaboration in developing a new understanding on fundamentals and technology of multifunctional polymer nanocomposite materials and biologically inspired nanomaterials. The second area involves ranges of biomaterials and tissue engineered structures using extensive experience in synthesis-structure-property-function relationships. In essence, his group focuses on the application of evolving nanotechnologies in health and health-based devices, diagnostic tools, and sensing for improving the quality of human life.

Biomedical Materials and Engineering
Tissue Engineering
Nanofabrication with Softmaterials
Polymer Nanocomposites
Instrumental Analysis of Nanomaterials
Advanced Materials in Engineering

Biophysical science processes, hybrid material structure, novel biomedical engineering applications, polymer nano materials, multifunctional polymer nano composite materials, biologically inspired nano materials, biomaterials, tissue engineered structures, synthesis-structure-property-function relationships, application of evolving nanotechnologies in health and health-based devices

A New Biosensor Device for Cancer Diagnostics (Co-PI); Funding Agency: Department of Public Health, Connecticut, Amount $324,125

Development of Fiber-based Technology for Creating New Opportunities in Economically-depressed Northeastern US (Co-PI); Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, Amount $600,000

Nano Engineered Fire Resistant Composite Fibers (PI) ; Funding Agency: US department of Commerce (National Textile Center), Amount $360,000

Carbon Nano Structured Flexible textile Antenna (PI); Funding Agency : US department of Commerce (National Textile Center), Amount $360,000

Nano-Crafted Layered Optical Filaments for Structural Colors (PI); Funding Agency: US department of Commerce (National Textile Center), Amount $240,000

Improved dried biological specimen recovery and processing for diagnostics (co-PI/sub-award); Funding Agency: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, amount $100,000

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