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Carson J. Bruns


Science · Art

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Carson J. Bruns


Science · Art

 

Science

 

I am a researcher in the interdisciplinary field of molecular nanotechnology, with a focus on soft materials. Two of my main interests are materials for high-tech tattoos and materials based on the mechanical bond.

High-Tech Tattoos

Tattooing is an ancient practice, dating back tens of thousands of years. We have, however, done very little to update tattoo technology over the millenia. My lab is interested in creating new tattoo inks that give new properties to the skin, whether they be for biomedical purposes or for new forms of self-expression. For example, we have created tattoo inks that sense ultraviolet light, or changes in temperature, by changing color.

The Mechanical Bond

The mechanical bond is an entanglement in space that prevents the separation of two or more molecular entities that are not otherwise bound by strong chemical bonds. We use the term mechanomolecule to describe any molecule with a mechanical bond.

Rotaxanes are a class of mechanomolecules in which a molecular ring encircles a molecular string, which contains bulky ends or "stoppers" that prevent the ring from unthreading. We have designed a number of rotaxanes with emergent properties attributable to their mechanical bonds, including:

  • Protein-mounted rotaxanes

  • Stimulus-responsive rotaxane sensors / contrast agents

  • Rotaxane-based molecular muscles

  • Rotaxane foldamers

  • Molecular flasks

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Art


Art


Digital Art

My digital art typically involves the manipulation of photographs. 

Photography

Fluid dynamics

Illustration

My illustrations are inspired by surrealism and psychedelic art.

Tattoo

I am a creator & collector of body art

Painting

My paintings are made with acrylic on canvas.

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Contact


Carson J. Bruns, PhD

carson.bruns@colorado.edu

Contact


Carson J. Bruns, PhD

carson.bruns@colorado.edu