UM Chemistry/INDIUM

INDIUM was established in 2004 to promote development and innovation in the research of nanomaterials. Our mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary research and education in nanoscale science and engineering at the University of Memphis and collaborating institutions and serve as nanotechnology research and education hub for Southwest Tennessee and surrounding areas. INDIUM currently includes faculty members in chemistry, physics, biology, and biomedical engineering.


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INDIUM research synergy!

Focus: Design nanomaterials and nanodevices for biomedical applications. Current research includes the development of fabrication methods based on guided assembly with applications in drug delivery, nanobioreactors, and biosensors. These materials have tremendous potential in novel implantable biodevices. Analytical and fabrication facilities include Integrated Microscopy Center, X-ray diffractometer, nanoindenter, wet laboratories, and access to synchrotron x-ray facilities at national laboratories.


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INDIUM research synergy!

  • Ted Burkey, Professor of Chemistry
  • Lewis Coons, Professor of Biology and Director of the Integrated Microscopy Center
  • Don Franceschetti, University Professor of Physics and Chemistry
  • Mohamed Laradji, Associate Professor of Physics
    Computational studies of polymers, lipid membranes and nanocomposites
  • Ying Sing Li, Professor of Chemistry
  • Erno Lindner, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Biosensors, Cardiac Proteins Immunoassays, TB detection
  • Sanjay Mishra, Professor of Physics
  • Yongmei Wang, Professor of Chemistry
    Computational studies of polymer materials, protein structure and dynamics, protein/protein interactions
Affiliate members:
  • Igor S. Antipin, PhD (University of Kazan, Russia)
  • Phillip Britt, PhD (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Michael Condren, PhD (Christian Brothers University)
  • Barbara Evans, PhD (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Eli Greenbaum, PhD (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Karen Hasty, PhD (University of Tennessee Health Science Center)
  • Ruchard Lee, PhD (University of Tennessee Health Science Center)
  • Hugh O’Neill, PhD (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Richard Redfearn, PhD (Rhodes College)
  • Andrew Richter, PhD (Valparaiso University)
  • Ivan Stibor, PhD (Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic)

Recent Publications

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2006 publications:

  • Hu, X.; Wang, Y. Molecular dynamic simulations of N-terminal receiver domain of NtrC reveal intrinsic conformational flexibility in the inactive state, J. Biomolec. Struct. & Dynamic. (in press).
  • Laradji, M.; Sunil Kumar, P. B. Anomalously Slow Domain Growth in Fluid Membranes with Asymmetric Transbilayer Lipid Distribution, Phys. Rev. E (in press)
  • Sunil Kumar, P. B.; Laradji, M. Phase separation in two-component fluid vesicles, Proc. Mathematical Biology: Recent Trends, Eds. P. Chandra and B.V.R. Kum, pp. 44-55 (2006)

2005 publications:

  • Laradji, M.; Sunil Kumar, P. B. Domain growth, budding, and fission in phase-separating self-assembled fluid membranes, J. Chem. Phys. (2005) 123, 224902
  • Hore, M. J. A.; Laradji, M. Effects of nanoscale rods on the kinetics of phase-separating multi-component fluids, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. (2005) 856E, BB7.7, 1-6
  • Jiang, W.; Khan, S.; Wang, Y. Retention behaviors of block copolymers in liquid chromatography at the critical condition." Macromolecules (2005), 38, 7514-7520.
  • Ziebarth, J.; Orelli, S.; Wang, Y.; The adsorption and partitioning of self-avoiding walk chains into pores from a bulk theta solution. Polymer (2005), 46, 10450-10456.
  • Wang, Y.; Jernigan, R. L.; Comparison of tRNA motions in the free and ribosomal bound structures. Biophysics (2005), 89, 3399-3409.
  • Hu, X.; Wang, Y.; Molecular dynamic simulations of N-terminal receiver domain of NtrC reveal intrinsic conformational flexibility in the inactive state. J. Biomolec. Struct. & Dynamic. (in press).

2004 publications:

  • Teraoka, Iwao; Wang, Yongmei. Computer simulation studies on overlapping polymer chains confined in narrow channels. Polymer (2004), 45(11), 3835-3843.
  • Wang, Yongmei. Confinement free energy and chain conformations of homopolymers confined between two repulsive walls. Journal of Chemical Physics (2004), 121(8), 3898-3904.
  • Jiang, Wenhua; Wang, Yongmei. Thermodynamics and partitioning of homopolymers into a slit-A grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation study. Journal of Chemical Physics (2004), 121(8), 3905-3913.
  • Wang, Yongmei; Rader, A. J.; Bahar, Ivet; Jernigan, Robert L. Global Ribosome Motions Revealed with Elastic Network Model. Journal of Structural Biology (2004), 147(3), 302-314.
  • Wang, Yongmei; Howard, Derek; Gong, Yingchuan. Partitioning of Polymers into Pores with Surface Interactions at Dilute Solution Limit. Polymer (2004), 45, 313-320.
  • Wilburn, Jeremy P.; Ciobanu, Madalina; Buss, N.I.; Franceschetti, Donald R.; Lowy, Daniel A. Miniaturized Reference Electrodes with Stainless Steel Internal Reference Elements. Analytica Chimica Acta (2004), 511(1), 83-89.
  • Laradji, Mohamed; Hore, M.J.A. Nanospheres in Phase-Separating Multicomponent Fluids: A Three-Dimensional Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulation. Journal of Chemical Physics (2004), 121, 10641-10647.
  • Laradji, Mohamed; A Monte Carlo Study of Fluctuating Polymer-Grafted Membranes, Journal of Chemical Physics (2004), 121(3), 1591-1600.
  • Laradji, Mohamed; Kumar, P. B. Sunil. Dynamics of Domain Growth in Self-Assembled Fluid Vesicles.  Physical Review Letters (2004) , 93(19), 198105/1-198105/4.
  • Laradji, Mohamed.  A Langevin Dynamics Study of Mobile Filler Particles in Phase-Separating Binary Systems.  Journal of Chemical Physics (2004), 120(19), 9330-9334.


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  • Lindner, 2005, University of Tennessee Health Science Center: "Electrochemical Quantification of Serum Propofol Levels for Target-Controlled Infusion Anesthesia."
  • Lindner, Slack, and Pinkhassik, 2005, National Institutes of Health: "Electrochemical Immunoassays for Cardiac Proteins."
  • Mishra, Richter, Pinkhassik, and Larsen, 2005, National Science Foundation: "Acquisition of Multi-Purpose X-ray Diffraction System for Research and Associated Educational Programs."
  • Lindner, National Science Foundation: "Current Polarized Ion-Selective Membranes for Enhanced Analytical Performances."
  • Pinkhassik, 2004, National Science Foundation: "CAREER: Nanothin Polymer Films with Controlled Size Pores - Synthesis and Application in Nanobioreactors."
  • Lindner, 2004, Becton, Dickinson and Company: "Glucose Microsensor for Extremely Small Sample Volumes and Short Response Time."

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