Students and Fellows Featured in Poster Session

Spring 2013

Rubo ZhengThe School of Science and Engineering Poster session featured 88 posters by graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

The Poster Session awarded several honorable mentions for graduate student posters including Rubo Zheng from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Rubo’s research poster focuses on an aqueous liposome-coated silk microsphere suspension, which is an effective lubricant, providing a low coefficient of friction, minimized surface wear and nominal degradation even over relatively prolonged cycling conditions. The lubricating properties of the silk microspheres are proposed to result from an efficient rolling mechanism.

With current therapeutic options for improving joint comfort being limited, silk microspheres, which are biocompatible and slowly degradable, especially with appropriate tribological properties, offer an intriguing opportunity, and may have implications for biomedical applications especially in joint lubrication.

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