Thomas Byron Hipps Schroeder

Also known as: Tom Schroeder

bioinspired materials, crystal growth, membrane biophysics, ion transport, functional materials, hydrogels, textiles

Works (10)

Updated: April 4th, 2024 15:12

2022 journal article

Patterned crystal growth and heat wave generation in hydrogels

Nature Communications.

By: T. Schroeder* & J. Aizenberg*

UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
7. Affordable and Clean Energy (OpenAlex)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2021 journal article

Powering Electronic Devices from Salt Gradients in AA‐Battery‐Sized Stacks of Hydrogel‐Infused Paper

Advanced Materials, 6, 2101757.

By: A. Guha*, T. Kalkus*, T. Schroeder*, O. Willis*, C. Rader*, A. Ianiro*, M. Mayer*

author keywords: bioinspired materials; energy storage; hydrogels; paper
TL;DR: An artificial electric organ inspired by the unique morphologies of torpedo rays for maximal current output is introduced and its increase in electrical power makes it possible to power electronic devices and establishes that biology's mechanism of generating significant electrical power can now be realized from benign and soft materials in a portable size. (via Semantic Scholar)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2021 journal article

Spiropyran Photoisomerization Dynamics in Multiresponsive Hydrogels

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 12.

By: A. Meeks*, M. Lerch*, T. Schroeder*, A. Shastri* & J. Aizenberg*

TL;DR: An analytical model of spiropyran interconversions that includes H-aggregated merocyanine and its light-triggered disaggregation under 405 nm irradiation is introduced and this model provides an excellent fit to the observed fluorescence dynamics. (via Semantic Scholar)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2019 journal article

Fluid surface coatings for solid-state nanopores: comparison of phospholipid bilayers and archaea-Inspired lipid monolayers


Thomas Schroeder

author keywords: nanopore; single protein; lipid coating; archaea-inspired lipids; stability; noise
MeSH headings : Archaea / metabolism; Diffusion; Lipid Bilayers / chemistry; Nanopores; Phosphatidylcholines / chemistry; Phospholipids / chemistry; Surface Properties; Unilamellar Liposomes / chemistry
TL;DR: The work presented here reveals that the ease or difficulty of coating a nanopore with lipid membranes did not depend significantly on the composition of the lipid mixture, but rather on the geometry and surface chemistry of the nanopore in the solid state substrate. (via Semantic Scholar)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2018 journal article

It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature: Functional Materials in Insects

Advanced Materials.

By: T. Schroeder*, J. Houghtaling, B. Wilts* & M. Mayer*

author keywords: biomaterials; entomology; hierarchical materials; nanomaterials; structure-function relationships
MeSH headings : Animals; Biomimetics; Insecta
TL;DR: The insects presented display dazzling optical properties as a result of natural photonic crystals, precise hierarchical patterns that span length scales from nanometers to millimeters, and formidable defense mechanisms that deploy an arsenal of chemical weaponry. (via Semantic Scholar)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2017 journal article

An electric-eel-inspired soft power source from stacked hydrogels


Thomas Schroeder

MeSH headings : Animals; Artificial Organs; Biomimetics / methods; Electric Organ / physiology; Electric Power Supplies; Electrophorus / physiology; Hydrogels / chemistry; Microfluidics / instrumentation; Printing, Three-Dimensional / instrumentation; Prostheses and Implants
TL;DR: An electric-eel-inspired power concept that uses gradients of ions between miniature polyacrylamide hydrogel compartments bounded by a repeating sequence of cation- and anion-selectivehydrogel membranes suggests that artificial electric organs could be used to power next-generation implant materials such as pacemakers, implantable sensors, or prosthetic devices in hybrids of living and non-living systems. (via Semantic Scholar)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2017 journal article

Single channel planar lipid bilayer recordings of the melittin variant MelP5

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Biomembranes.

By: A. Fennouri*, S. Mayer*, T. Schroeder* & M. Mayer*

author keywords: Antimicrobial peptide; Pore-forming peptide; Melittin; MelP5; Planar lipid bilayer
MeSH headings : Amino Acid Sequence; Amino Acids / metabolism; Bee Venoms / metabolism; Cholesterol / metabolism; Lipid Bilayers / metabolism; Liposomes / metabolism; Melitten / metabolism; Membranes / metabolism; Peptides / metabolism; Phosphatidylcholines
TL;DR: Electrophysiological comparison between MelP5 and melittin using planar lipid bilayer recordings reveals thatMelP5 pores in lipid membranes composed of 3:1 phosphatidylcholine:cholesterol consist of an average of 10 to 12 monomers compared to anAverage of 3 to 9 monomers for melittIn, but both peptides form transient pores with dynamically varying conductance values similar to previous findings formelittin. (via Semantic Scholar)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2016 journal article

Effects of Lipid Tethering in Extremophile-Inspired Membranes on H+/OH- Flux at Room Temperature

Biophysical Journal, 110(11), 2430–2440.

By: T. Schroeder*, G. Leriche*, T. Koyanagi*, M. Johnson*, K. Haengel*, O. Eggenberger*, C. Wang*, Y. Kim* ...

MeSH headings : Archaea / chemistry; Biomimetic Materials / chemistry; Fluorescent Dyes; Hydrogen-Ion Concentration; Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions; Hydroxides / chemistry; Ionophores / chemistry; Liposomes / chemistry; Membrane Lipids / chemistry; Membrane Potentials; Methacrylates; Microscopy, Atomic Force; Molecular Dynamics Simulation; Permeability; Protons; Unilamellar Liposomes / chemistry; Valinomycin / chemistry; Water / chemistry
TL;DR: It is proposed that water penetration as revealed by molecular dynamics may provide a general strategy for predicting proton permeability through various lipid membranes without the need for experimentation. (via Semantic Scholar)
UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
6. Clean Water and Sanitation (OpenAlex)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2014 journal article

Osmosis-based pressure generation: dynamics and application

PloS One, 9(3), e91350.

By: B. Bruhn*, T. Schroeder*, S. Li*, Y. Billeh*, K. Wang* & M. Mayer*

MeSH headings : Mimosa / cytology; Models, Theoretical; Osmosis; Osmotic Pressure; Robotics; Time Factors
TL;DR: Osmotically-driven pressure generation in a membrane-bound compartment while taking into account volume expansion, solute dilution, surface area to volume ratio, membrane hydraulic permeability, and changes in osmotic gradient, bulk modulus, and degree of membrane fouling is described. (via Semantic Scholar)
UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
7. Affordable and Clean Energy (OpenAlex)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022

2012 journal article

An N-Heterocyclic Carbene/Lewis Acid Strategy for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Spirooxindole Lactones

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 51(20), 4963–4967.

By: J. Dugal-Tessier*, E. O’Bryan*, T. Schroeder*, D. Cohen* & K. Scheidt*

author keywords: asymmetric synthesis; homoenolates; homogeneous catalysis; Lewis acids; total synthesis
MeSH headings : Catalysis; Indoles / chemical synthesis; Indoles / chemistry; Lactones / chemical synthesis; Lactones / chemistry; Lewis Acids / chemistry; Methane / analogs & derivatives; Methane / chemistry; Molecular Structure; Spiro Compounds / chemical synthesis; Spiro Compounds / chemistry; Stereoisomerism
TL;DR: A cooperative catalysis approach for the enantioselective formal [3+2] addition of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes to isatins has been developed and has been used for the total synthesis of maremycin B. (via Semantic Scholar)
Source: ORCID
Added: August 19, 2022


Updated: July 30th, 2022 12:58

2022 - present

North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Assistant Professor Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science

2021 - 2022

Harvard University Cambridge, MA, US
Research Associate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

2018 - 2021

Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Postdoctoral Fellow School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

2018 - 2018

Université de Fribourg Adolphe Merkle Institute Fribourg, FR, CH
Chercheur Senior Biophysics

2017 - 2018

Université de Fribourg Adolphe Merkle Institute Fribourg, FR, CH
Chercheur Junior Biophysics

2015 - 2015

Sophion Bioscience Ballerup, DK
Summer Intern Research

2012 - 2012

Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN, US
Summer intern Parenteral Manufacturing Tech Services

2009 - 2009

Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN, US
Summer Intern Discovery Chemistry


Updated: August 21st, 2022 11:14

2012 - 2017

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, US
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

2012 - 2014

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, US
M.S.E. Chemical Engineering

2008 - 2012

Northwestern University Evanston, IL, US
B.A. Chemistry

Funding History

Funding history based on the linked ORCID record. Updated: August 28th, 2020 15:22

award October 1, 2018 - November 1, 2020
Development of Stimuli-Responsive Reverse-Electrodialytic Hydrogel-Based Materials
Swiss National Science Foundation

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