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Bay, R. Kōnane

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • The next generation of polymeric materials will need features typically associated with biological systems, such as programmable, self-healing, and self-regenerating properties. While engineering synthetic materials with such capabilities remains a grand challenge, these properties are inherent to biofilm-forming bacteria, which use internal material factories to produce polymeric matrices with highly precise and complex structures and mechanical properties. However, establishing design rules for these materials has proven difficult due to their complex nature. We tackle this challenge by developing characterization and processing methods tailored for quantifying and programing the properties of living polymeric materials. Our work is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, combining expertise from mechanics, engineering, microbiology, materials science, and polymer physics.


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courses taught

  • BMEN 2010 - Biomaterials
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Introduces the science and engineering of biomaterials, with an emphasis on biomechanical aspects. Addresses the design, fabrication, testing, applications and performance of synthetic and natural materials that are used in a wide variety of biomedical prosthetics, implants and devices. In addition to attending lectures, students will conduct a laboratory experiment and a case study. Recommended restriction: Students in fourth semester of Biomedical Engineering curriculum or higher.
  • CHEN 3320 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Applies thermodynamic principles to nonideal systems, phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, power generation, refrigeration, and chemical processes.
  • CHEN 5919 - Special Topics in CHBE
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 5 total credit hours.


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