Rastislav Levicky Ph.D.

Levicky, Rastislav
Position Department / Business Unit
Assistant Professor Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Institution Disciplines
Columbia University Engineering
City State / Provence
New York New York
Country Website
U.S.A. link

We study how interfaces influence organization and function of biological polymers and use this knowledge to design improved technologies for applications in health care, genomic research, drug development, and pathogen detection.

Current projects include preparation and characterization of biofunctional supports, physical studies of biomacromolecules at interfaces, and development of sensor technologies to detect a variety of analytes. Experimental methods used extensively by our group include infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical techniques, neutron and X-ray reflectivity, light scattering, and various imaging/microscopy methods. These studies are also generating new insights into physics of charged polymers, an area close at heart as our interest in biological polymers originated from prior experience with synthetic polymers.

The technological impact of our research connects most closely with biomolecular assays and biosensors. We are exploring advanced technologies based on fluorescent, electrochemical, near-field, and magnetic transduction. This breadth of interest relies on multidisciplinary expertise and is underpinned by strong collaborative interactions with groups in electrical engineering, chemistry, molecular biology, and physics.


BSc, Chemical Engineering Columbia University; PhD, Chemical Engineering University of Minnesota

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