Belfort Group

Biomolecular Separations Research Group
Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
and Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180, USA

Celebratory seflie with Dean Shekhar Garde, Dr. Joseph Imbrogno, and Professor Georges Belfort after Joseph Imbrogno successfully defended his PhD thesis!

Biotech Third Floor Softball Team - 2015 Intramural Softball Tournament Champions!
Belfort Group Team Members: Jack Keating (middle), Mirco Sorci (right), and Brian Murray (not pictured)

The Belfort Group - Summer at Playfields 2015
(from left): Mei Zhang, Gwenda Law, Brian Murray, Victor Schultz, Joseph Imbrogno, Jack Keating, Seth Pearson, Joe Rosenthal, and Georges Belfort

    Recent Publications:

  1. Grimaldi, J.+, Imbrogno, J.+, Kilduff, J., Belfort G, A New Class of Synthetic Membranes: Organophilic Pervaporation Brushes for Organics Recovery, ACS Chemistry of Materials,DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b01326.

  2. Brian Murray, Joseph Rosenthal, Zhongli Zheng, David Isaacson, Yingxi Zhu, and Georges Belfort (2015) Cosolute Effects on Amyloid Aggregation in a Nondiffusion Limited Regime: Intrinsic Osmolyte Properties and the Volume Exclusion Principle, Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00254.

  3. Joseph Imbrogno, Matthew D. Williams, Georges Belfort (2015) A New Combinatorial Method for Synthesizing, Screening, and Discovering Antifouling Surface Chemistries, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7, 2385-2392.

  4. Qian Li, Joseph Imbrogno, Georges Belfort, Xiaolin Wang (2015) Anti-protein-fouling Strategy of Polymeric Membranes via “Grafting from” Polymerization of Zwitterions, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132, 41781.

  5. Joseph Imbrogno, Arpan Nayak, Mirco Sorci, Georges Belfort (2014) Egg White Varnishes on Ancient Paintings: A Molecular Connection to Amyloid Proteins, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 53, 7014–7017.

  6. Michael R. Zonca Jr., Philip S. Yune, James K. Williams, Minghao Gu, Andrea M. Unser, Joseph Imbrogno, Georges Belfort, Yubing Xie (2014) Enhanced Stem Cell Pluripotency in Surface-Modified Electrospun Fibrous Matrices, Macromolecular Bioscience, 14, 215–224.

  7. Joseph Grimaldi, Cynthia Collins, Georges Belfort (2014) Towards Cell-Free Biofuel Production: Stable Immobilization of Oligomeric Enzymes, Biotechnology Progress, in press.

  8. Kurouski D, Sorci M, Postiglione T, Belfort G & Lednev IK (2014) Detection of Insulin Prefibrilar Oligomers Using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), Biotechnology Progress, in press.

  9. Bhadouria AS, Sorci M, Gu M, Belfort G & Hahn J (2013) "Optimization of membrane separation of proteins" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, in press.

  10. Radhakrishna, M, Grimaldi, J., Belfort, G., Kumar, S.K. (2013) Stability of proteins inside a hydrophobic cavity, Langmuir, 29 (28), 8922–8928.

  11. Connors, C. R., Rosenman, D. J., Lopes D.H. J., Mittal, S., Bitan, G., Sorci, M, Belfort, G, Garcia, A. and Wang, C (2013) Tranilast binds to Aβ monomers and promotes Aβ fibrillation, Biochemistry, 52 (23), 3995–4002.

  12. Gu, M., Vegas, A. J., Anderson, D. G., Langer, Kilduff, J. E. and Belfort, G. (2013) Combinatorial synthesis with high throughput discovery, Biomaterials, 34 (26), 6133–38.

  13. Sorci, M., Dassa, B., Liu, H., Anand, G., Dutta, A., Belfort, B., Pietrokovski, S. and Belfort, G. (2013) Oriented covalent immobilization of antibodies for measurement of intermolecular binding forces between zipper-like contact surfaces of split inteins, Analytical Chemistry, 85 (12), 6080–6088.

  14. Sorci, M., Gu, M., Heldt, C. L., Grafeld, E. and Belfort, (2013) A multi-dimensional approach for fractionating proteins using charged membranes, Biotechnol. Bioeng., 110, 1704–1717. 

  15. Zonca Jr. M. R., Yune, P. S., Heldt, C. L., Belfort, G. and Xie, Y. (2013) High-throughput screening of substrate chemistry for embryonic stem cell attachment: Expansion and maintaining pluripotency, Macromol. Biosci, 13(2) 177-90.