Joan Curry Ph.D.

Curry, Joan
Position Department / Business Unit
Associate Professor Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Institution Disciplines
University of Arizona Chemistry Nanobiology
City State / Provence
Tucson Arizona
Country Website
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(520) 621-1647

Joan E. Curry is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona's BIO5 Unit -- Soil, Water & Environmental Sciences, where she focuses on interfacial chemistry of biomolecules in environmental systems. Her focus in of environmental physical chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular modeling of interfacial actions between solids and liquids.

The primary goal of her work is to understand the characterization of the adhesive properties of cell surface biomacromolecules, and how biomacromolecules that cover cell surfaces influence the interaction and adhesion of cells with other cells and with solid surfaces.

Dr. Curry's specific interests are (1) determining the effect of confinement on liquids in general and lubricants in particular and (2) characterizing the adhesive properties of cell surface biomacromolecules.

It is important to understand bacterial adhesion because it is the first step in biofilm formation, which has numerous undesirable consequences ranging from heat exchanger fouling to medical implant infections. The term solid here includes mineral and bacterial surfaces found in soils and sediments, metal and oxide machine surfaces and cell surfaces found in the human body. Molecules can be water and ions that bathe soil surfaces, organics that lubricate machine parts and large biomacromolecules, such as proteins and lipopolysaccharides, attached to cells that mediate cell adhesion.


Ph.D., Chemistry, 1992, University of California, Davis; B.S., Chemistry, 1982, United States Naval Academy

Important Articles

Measurements of the thickness compressibility of an n-octadecyltriethoxysilane monolayer self-assembled on mica; Kim S, Cho K, Curry JE; Langmuir; (2005)

OTE-monolayer-coated Surfaces in Humid Atmospheres - Influence of Capillary Condensation on Surface Deformation and Adhesion
; 1. Kim, S., H. K. Christenson and J. E. Curry; J. Phys. Chem. B, (2003)

Computer simulation of anisotropic diffusion in monolayer films confined between mica surfaces; Su, Zhen, J. H. Cushman, and J. E. Curry; J. Chem. Phys (2003)

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