the foulger group

tiger_paw The Foulger Research Group was formed in 1999 when Dr. Stephen Foulger took a position as an assistant professor in what was then the School of Textiles, Fiber, and Polymer Science (STFPS) at Clemson University. In those early days, the group was housed in the Sirrine Hall Laboratories on campus, but in 2005, moved out to the Advanced Materials Research Laboratories (AMRL) after their construction. AMRL is an 111,000 square foot laboratory that houses a range of state-of-the-art equipment and is located in the Clemson University Advanced Materials Center, an innovative campus and technology park located in Anderson, SC, approximately eight miles from campus. Around the same period, the Department of Ceramic Engineering and STFPS joined to become the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. As of 2008, Dr. Foulger was promoted to the rank of professor and became the Gregg-Graniteville Endowed Chair. In 2012, Professor Foulger received a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering in recognition of the multitude of efforts being pursued in his group that focus on bio-related science and technologies.

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news: ACS fall national meeting / august 22 - 26, 2021 - atlanta, ga

Ben Grant, Haley Jones, and Eric Zhang recently gave live talks and Sarah Mell presented a poster at the hybrid Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society held virtually and in Atlanta, GA. The title of the talks were.....

news: sequential intraparticle Förster resonance energy transfer for multi-wavelength bioimaging

The Foulger group published an article in Optical Materials Express that presented a general strategy for creating core/shell nanoparticles composed of a silica core over which a propargyl methacrylate (PMA) shell was polymerized around. To employ the shell coating, the surface of the silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) was modified with an alkene-terminated organometallic silane linker that allowed for the covalent attachment of a poly(propargyl methacrylate) (pPMA) shell.

news: random pic of the group at ACS 257th national meeting in orlando, florida

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Here are some random pictures of the The Foulger Group at the 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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news: using polymers to mimic biological synapses

The Foulger group has been active in developing non-conjugated polymers for use as synaptic mimics and recently published an article in Advanced Electronic Materials on a carbazole derivatized n‐alkyl methacrylate polymeric memristor which acts as a flexible synaptic substitute. A biological synapse is a junction between two nerve cells and consists of a tiny gap across which electrical impulses pass by diffusion of a neurotransmitter and are the basis for cognitive responses in living creatures. The group's aim is to develop polymeric equivalents that can be printed in "physical" neural networks.

news: prof. foulger highlighted in clemson world

Clemson World recently presented an article on Prof. Foulger's research effort in non-invasive optogenetics. Foulger (the primary investigator) and two collaborators, neuroscientists Lori McMahon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jason Weick at the University of New Mexico, recently won $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop X-ray-triggered radioluminescent particles to control brain functions.

news: ways to enhance cancer cell death through apoptosis

The Foulger group published an article in Biomaterials Science that presented a general strategy for enhancing apoptosis in cancer cells by reducing "survivin", a member of the family of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAP).

news: using scintillating colloids in optogenetics

The Foulger group recently published an article in Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience that presented a general strategy for the use of radioluminescent particles (RPLs) in optogenetics. Optogenetics is widely used in neuroscience to control neural circuits. However, non-invasive methods for light delivery in brain are needed to avoid physical damage caused by current methods.

news: original paper on hydrogel encapsulation crystalline colloidal arrays (CCA) sees increase in citations

The original Langmuir publication (Langmuir 2001, 17, 19, 6023-6026) on the technique developed in the Foulger Group back in 2001 for the hydrogel encapsulation of crystalline colloidal arrays (CCA) has received a number of recent citations. These photonic crystals have seen a surge in interest from the scientific community, such as this recent publication in ACS Nano that is based on our prior work.

news: 257th ACS national meeting / march 31 - april 4, 2019 - orlando, fl


Haley Jones, Ben Grant, Eric Zhang, and Prof. Foulger recently went to the 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Orlando, Florida. All they brought home was this caricature.

The title of the talks were.....


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