STAMI 2017 Seed Grants Awarded

STAMI has awarded 2017 Seed Grants to Georgia Tech researchers that are members of the Community for Research on Active Surfaces and Interfaces (CRĀSI) and the Soft Matter Incubator (SMI). The STAMI Seed Grant Program has been established to encourage and fund new collaborative research in topics of interest to STAMI Centers. Funding of STAMI Seed Grants is specifically aimed at providing the scientific foundation to attract external support and activities. Proposals were selected on a competitive basis. The 2016-17 CRĀSI seed grant program sought innovative proposals addressing fundamental scientific questions pertaining to surfaces and interfaces, and two collaborative proposals were selected. The 2016-17 SMI seed grant program sought proposals addressing questions pertaining to fundamental soft matter, and three collaborative proposals were selected. The succesful proposals are listed below:



  • Determining Suitable Conditions for DNA Ligands with Reversible Binding Activity to Antimicrobial Peptides. Valeria Tohver Milam (PI) and Johnna S. Temenoff (Co-PI)
  • Biofilm-Stabilized Cylindrical and Toroidal Air Bubbles: Materials Science & Engineering Applications. Paul S. Russo (PI) , Jerry Qi (Co-PI)



  • Charge Transport and Global Connectivity in a New Type of Colloidal Multiphase System. Sven Behrens, (PI), J. Carson Meredith, (Co-PI),  Elsa Reichmanis, (Co-PI)
  • Twisted Topological Tangles or The Knot Theory of Knitting. Sabetta Matsumoto (PI) and Mohan Srinivasarao (Co-PI)
  • Conducting Nanocomposites as Bioelectronic Electrode Materials. Meisha L. Shofner (PI) and John R. Reynolds (Co-PI)