Ty Christoff-Tempesta

Mentor: Dr. Laurie Gower
College of Materials Science and Engineering
 
"I became involved in research because I enjoyed the challenge of moving beyond theoretical concepts and into real-life applications. Working in a lab personally provides a great balance of combining and applying innovation and existing knowledge to solve problems. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I enjoy being on the cutting-edge of important technologies and making an impact beyond the classroom."

Major

Materials Science and Engineering; Chemistry

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Materials Science
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Biologically Inspired Solutions

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars 2015-2016
  • 2015 F. N. Rhines and W. R. Tarr Scholarship
  • 2015 TCC/FSU Individual Events Pentathalon Tournament Champion

Organizations

  • University of Florida Speech and Debate
  • Alpha Sigma Mu Materials Honor Society
  • University of Florida Honors Program

Volunteer

  • Marching Mullet Band

Hobbies and Interests

  • Public Speaking
  • Snow Skiing
  • Trumpet and Piano

Research Description

Characterization of a biomimetic bioadhesive for producing synthetic bone-like composites
Bones are organic-inorganic composites that serve a wide variety of functions within vertebrates, from providing mechanical support to protecting soft organs to storing minerals. Unlike other materials, bone consists of a remarkable combination of high strength and toughness. As a result, it is highly desirable to produce a material which mimics the mechanical properties of bones for both clinical and commercial use. Researchers attempting to reproduce the organizational structure of bone have been unable to do so, until recently, because of bone’s complex hierarchical structure. The purpose of this research project will be to investigate biologically-inspired adhesives (bioadhesives) with the intent of producing laminated, lamellar composites mineralized using a polymer-induced liquid-precursor (PILP) process. Candidate bioadhesives used to laminate collagen scaffolds that meet the requirements of a traditional medical adhesive for clinical use will be characterized with the ultimate goal of isolating the most viable candidate for extending the existing ability for nanoscale organization of a bone-like material to the microscale.