Jody Redepenning


Educational Background
Postdoctoral, California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Colorado State University
B.A. Concordia College

Research Interests
Inorganic Synthesis, Materials Chemistry, Nanoscience

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Jody Redepenning
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Current Research
The research in my group is presently focused on two areas that rely heavily on the synthesis of new materials. One involves the use of electrochemistry to construct magnetic tunneling junctions. The other is focused on the preparation of composite biomaterials. The goal the first project described here is to combine emerging nanofabrication technologies with well-established electrochemical techniques to construct tunneling magnetoresistance devices that exhibit size scales and compositions not obtainable by any other means. There is hope that recent discoveries involving the manipulation of electron spins using magnetoresistance phenomena will be an important evolutionary step in the development of permanent memories, reconfigurable logic, and fast electronics devices.

Chart 1The level of miniaturization that we can attain in my group is shown in the electron micrograph to the immediate left. This particular nanojunction was constructed by using conventional lithographic techniques, milling by fast atom bombardment (FIB), and then electrochemical plating of nickel onto both sides of the junction while monitoring the ac conductivity across the junction. Note from the length bar in the micrograph that we are able to create structures with dimensions smaller than the wavelength of visible light.

Our second research focus involves the preparation of composite biomaterials comprised of hydroxyapatite (HA) and polylactide. We have shown that HA, the formula for which is Ca5(PO4)3OH, can initiate L-lactide polymerization to produce composite materials in a single step in the absence of solvent or catalyst. HA is nominally the inorganic component of bone.

Figure 1HA/polylactide composites are among the most important biomaterials being examined for hard tissue replacement. Given the demo-graphic fact that the baby boomers in the US are rapidly nearing retirement, this research is especially relevant to today's society. Shown to the right is a section of porcine cortical bone from which we have removed all collagen, cellular material and possible pathogens. The bone was reconstituted by using the remaining inorganic architecture to initiate lactide polymerization into the pores.

Selected Publications

Preparation of bioresorbable polymer/calcium sulfate composites. Redepenning, Jody. (Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, USA). PCT Int. Appl. (2008), 26pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 2008095083 A1 20080807 Application: WO 2008-US52624 20080131. Priority: US 2007-887414 20070131. CAN 149:224782

TI Measurement of mean ionic activity coefficients for tetra-n-butyl ammonium salts of PF6- and [B(C6F5)(4)](-) in tetrahydrofuran and acetonitrile, Stafford, N., Castro-Narro, E., Redepenning, J., Russian Journal of Electrochemistry, (2008), 44 (1), 60-66.

Reconstruction of Anorganic Mammalian Bone by Surface-Initiated Polymerization of L-Lactide. Wiegand, Troy, Karr, Jeremy, Steinkruger, Jay D., Hiebner, Kris, Simetich, Bobby, Beatty, Mark, Redepenning, Jody. Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Ne, USA. Chemistry Materials (2008) ACS ASAP. Publisher: American Chemical Society.

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