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Louisiana Tech students, professor contribute to textbook on nanotechnology

Two Louisiana Tech students from the College of Engineering and Science have “flipped the classroom” in their own unique way and are gaining experience as educators rather than just learners.

Joshua Tully (top left), Renata Minullina (top right), and Dr. Yuri Lvov (bottom)

Joshua Tully (top left), Renata Minullina (top right), and Dr. Yuri Lvov (bottom)

Joshua Tully, a senior chemistry major, and Renata Minullina, a graduate student in biomedical engineering, have contributed an entire chapter to a college textbook titled, “Cell Surface Engineering: Fabrication of Functional Nanoshells,” recently published by the Royal Chemistry Society (London.) The text is expected to be used by professors at universities around the world as part of their nanotechnology instruction and in an effort to accelerate scientific development and research in multiple areas of health care.

Dr. Yuri Lvov, professor of chemistry and T. Pipes Eminent Endowed Chair in Micro and Nanosystems at Louisiana Tech’s Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM), served as one of the editors for the book and also helped write two other chapters.

“Louisiana Tech has long been recognized as an international leader in nanotechnology education,” said Lvov. “The university continues to be a great asset in the region for young people seeking to discover the cutting edge of science and technology.

“Because of this reputation, students from around the world have also come to Louisiana Tech to learn from the top scientists that are members of the faculty.”

While Lvov has authored other textbooks in addition to this one, it was quite an honor and a unique achievement for Tully and Minullina, who have worked together at the IfM since 2012 to combine the science of biotechnology and nanotechnology in a research area known as “biomaterial nanoassembly.”

Lvov and his team’s biomaterial nanoassembly research, being conducted in a specialized laboratory at the IfM and with Louisiana Tech’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitative Science (CBERS), recently made headlines in a nano-focused magazine published by the American Chemical Society. An article titled “Face-lifting and Make-up for Microorganisms,” shows how researchers are working to design a comfortable “smart dress” or “tool belt” for cells, which can help fight off cancer or protect the body from harmful diseases. In addition to these applications, the “smart dress” coatings can be used to research the fundamental biological processes of life.