Welcome to the Balsara Lab!
We study self-assembly of and transport through nanostructured polymer materials for diverse applications such as lithium batteries, biofuel purification, and cancer treatment. In the case of batteries and biofuel our objective is to hasten the selective transport of desired species, lithium ions and alcohol through the membranes. In cancer treatment, we are interested in designing materials that will selectively bind to the chemotherapeutic drug as it elutes from the targeted organ before it has a chance to attach healthy tissue. In this application, transport of the targeted species is blocked. Our work includes the materials design and synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation in applications. Group members have cofounded two start-ups: Seeo (founded in 2007) and Blue Current (founded in 2014).