Welcome to the Natural Polymers and Photonics Lab!

Dr. Schauer and the Natural Polymers and Photonics (NPP) research group work primarily in the area of natural polymers as a platform for multifunctional materials. The group’s research entails processing natural materials into nanofibers and thin films for water purification, heavy metal detection, cellular biosensors and tissue engineering scaffolds (bone, skin and spinal cord). Polysaccharides currently under investigation are chitin, chitosan, alginate, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, as well as their derivatives and composites.