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Erich Schuster

Doctor of Philosophy, (Physics)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Hierarchical Structure Function Models of Biopolymer Networks

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Erich Schuster developed a network model to describe the mechanical properties of enzymatically induced biomimetic pectin gels, utilizing information about the gel’s microstructure gained by small angle x-ray scattering and microrheological studies. The model was found to successfully describe the observed stiffening response upon deformation, which is typical for many biopolymeric systems - especially for the structural networks comprising the cytoskeleton and the plant cell wall.  Thus, this thesis provides for the first time a true bottom-up example to the properties of soft materials, getting one step closer to the smart design of biomaterials.

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