Summary: Overview of SEAS Research Strengths
October 31, 2011
Biomechanics Researchers at U.Va. apply mechanical principles to a wide range of biological systems,
such as humans, animals, organs and cells. One application is the field of injury biomechanics, which has
resulted in improved automobile designs, occupant restraints, child restraints, helmet designs and
personal protective devices. In addition, active research is underway on movement disorders,
musculoskeletal modeling and simulation and morphing functional structures that mimic animals.
Biomolecular Design Research addresses a wide range of applications in which the understanding and
use of biotechnology can assist in the creation of biorenewable fuels, improved batteries, water
remediation and rational drug design and production, as well as protein and viral engineering.
Catalysis and Surface Reactivity Research enables new relationships between catalyst structure and
chemical reactivity to be discovered for a wide range of chemical reactions used in chemical synthesis,
fuel cells, chemical conversion and magnetic materials for memory device fabrication. State-of-the-art
computational methods and experimental probes are used.
Corrosion and Electrochemistry Electrochemical science and engineering impacts public safety, next-
generation energy systems and national defense. Most societal grand challenges in engineering require
advances in electrochemical science and engineering. SEAS researchers are working on projects that
address a range of issues including those that affect renewable energy, long-lived infrastructure and
Cryptography SEAS research seeks to create systems that can be trusted even in the presence of