University of North Carolina
The Knight group focuses on designing novel macromolecular materials with functions inspired by biological systems. These materials will generate platforms of new biomimetic polymeric architectures addressing growing concerns in treating, diagnosing, and preventing human disease.
This research bridges the fields of chemical biology and polymer chemistry using characterization and synthetic tools including polymer and solid-phase synthesis and nanomaterial characterization. Specific project areas include: 1 developing a new class of peptide-polymer amphiphiles inspired by metalloproteins, 2 designing well-defined polymer bioconjugates for biosensing, and 3 evolving functional biomimetic polymers.