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01-14-2003, 08:50 AM
Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from Montreal, Canada. Allow me to wish you all the very best for

I am a biomaterials researcher currently working on contractile polymers that
could be potentially used as implantable artificial muscles. My
physicochemical approach to the problem at hand has enabled me to develop ion-
responsive viscoelastic materials that contract in response to a Ca2+- stimulus
in physiological media.

As part of my ongoing research efforts in characterising the force-length and
force-velocity properties of the artificial muscle, I would like to hear from
those of you who specialise in muscle mechanics. It would give me an
opportunity to learn more about the rheological models currently in use so as
to bring the properties of the artificial muscle as close as possible, both in
structure and function, to the real thing. At the same time I welcome the
prospect of mutually beneficial joint research endeavours that might emerge
from such exchanges.

I may be reached directly at sumitra.rajagopalan@umontreal.ca.


Sumitra Rajagopalan

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