Mitchell Grathwohl

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Andrew
College of Engineering
 
"I always wanted to get involved with research because it offered me a on hands experience that cannot be obtained anywhere else. Furthermore, research challenges me to think outside the box and apply knowledge that I have learned in the classroom to a lab setting."

Major

Materials Science and Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Multiferroic Nanostructures

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • College of Engineering Dean's List
  • F.N. Rhines & W.R. Tarr Scholarship

Organizations

  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Society for Biomaterials

Volunteer

  • Gainesville Ronald McDonald House

Hobbies and Interests

  • Lifting Weights
  • Running
  • Fishing
  • Playing Guitar

Research Description

Multiferroics and Magnetoelectric Materials and their Bio-Applications

In my research I will conducting the synthesis of multiferroic nanostructures and testing out their ability to be biomimetic The specific materials I will be using are cobalt ferrite, and barium titanate which exhibit magnetostrictive and piezoelectric behavior, respectively. Therefore, when these two materials are stacked on one another and an external magnetic field is applied, this induces a shape change in the CFO (cobalt ferrite) which leads to a strain and there by a polarization in BTO (barium titanate). The ability to generate an electric field locally in the body, in response to an applied magnetic field would be useful. Currently, there are no ways to induce electric fields in the body in a non-invasive manner; however, the body is permeable to magnetic fields making these materials appropriate. My research will focus on the application of these magnetoelectirc materials in neural tissue engineering, by attempting to reconnect broken nerve ends to restore its proper function. This will aid patients who are suffering from central nervous system diseases (6 Million in the US alone) and the many people who suffer from strokes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases.