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Matthew Bernards, Ph.D.

Matthew Bernards, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Buchanan 302



Mailing Address

Chemical & Materials Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology, University of Washington, 2008
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 2003

  • Biology-Material Interfacial Interactions
  • Polyampholyte Polymers
  • Bone Tissue Engineering
  • Beta-Votaic Microbatteries

Matthew Bernards joins the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering as an assistant professor. Prior to joining the University of Idaho, Bernards served as an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri, where he also held appointments in the Nuclear Engineering Program and Bioengineering Department. He graduated with his doctorate in chemical engineering and nanotechnology from the University of Washington in 2008. Bernards’ research group is focused on multiple aspects of materials science and engineering. One aspect of his research group is focused on understanding the interactions that occur between biological entities and material interfaces and using this knowledge to design biomaterials that facilitate healing at the molecular level. Another aspect of his research group is focused on developing micro- and nano-scale power generation systems based on nuclear energy.

Selected out of 44 total publications

  • Xu, N., Xia, T., Huang, J., Bernards, M.T., Shi, Y., and Y. He. “An Alternative Model for Simulating Water Between Two Monolayer Surfaces.” Journal of Molecular Liquids, 290(15):111284, 2019.
  • Mariner, E., Haag, S.L., and M.T. Bernards. “Impacts of Cross-Linker Length on the Physical Properties of Polyampholyte Hydrogels.” Biointerphases, 14(3): 031002, 2019.
  • Shou, T., Xu, N., Li, Y., Sun, G., Bernards, M.T., Shi, Y., and Y. He. “Mechanisms of Xylene Isomer Oxidation by Non-thermal Plasma via Paired Experiments and Simulations.” Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, 39(4): 863-876, 2019.
  • Avery, K., Peixoto, C., Barcellona, M., Bernards, M.T., and H. K. Hunt. “Lysozyme Sorption by Puri-Silica Zeolite MFI Films.” Materials Today Communications, 19(1): 352-359, 2019.
  • Tao, M., Xu, N., Gao, J., Zhang, W., Li, Y., Bernards, M.T., Shi, Y., He, Y., and H. Pan. “Phase-Change Mechanism for Capturing CO2 into an Environmentally Benign Nonaqueous Solution: A Combined NMR and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study.” Energy & Fuels, 33(1): 474-483, 2019.
  • Shi, Y., Zhang, P., Fang, T., Gao, E., Xi, F., Shou, T., Tao, M., Wu, S., Bernards, M.T., and Y. He, “In Situ Regeneration of Commercial NH3-SCR Catalysts with High Temperature Water Vapor.” Catalysis Communications, 116: 57-61, 2018.
  • Jiang, C., Zurick, K., Qin, C., and M.T. Bernards. “Probing the Influence of SIBLING Proteins on Collagen I Fibrillogenesis and Denaturation.” Connective Tissue Research, 59(3): 274-286, 2018.
  • Moberly, J.G., Bernards, M.T., and K.V. Waynant, “Key Features and Updates for Origin 2018.” Journal of Cheminformatics, 10: 5, 2018. Invited Review.
  • Haag, S., and M.T. Bernards. “Polyampholyte Hydrogels in Biomedical Applications.” Gels, 3(4): 41, 2017. Invited Review.
  • Wan, P., Bernards, M.T., and B. Deng. “Modification of Polysulfone (PSF) Hollow Fiber Membranes (HFM) with Zwitterionic or Charged Polymers.” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56(26): 7576-7584, 2017.
  • Cao, S., Barcellona, M., Pfeiffer, F., and M.T. Bernards. “Tunable Multi-Functional Tissue Engineering Scaffolds Composed of Three Component Polyampholyte Polymers.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133(40): 43985, 2016.
  • Xu, M., Xu, S., Bernards, M.T., and Z. Hu. “Evaluation of High Density Algal Cultivation for Secondary Wastewater Polishing.” Water Environment Research, 88(1): 47-53, 2016.

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Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 308

Mailing Address:

Chemical & Materials Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021

Phone: 208-885-7572

Fax: 208-885-7462

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