Bret N. Flanders (B.S. in chemical physics, University of California, San Diego, 1993; Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Chicago, 1999; National Institutes of Health-sponsored postdoc, University of Kansas, 2002) is a soft matter physicist at Kansas State University (KSU). Prior to joining the faculty at KSU, he was an associate professor in the Department of Physics at Oklahoma State University. Professor Flanders has worked and published in the areas electrochemical and dielectrophoretic nanowire fabrication; cellular force and adhesion sensing; amphiphilic and nanoparticulate Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films; time-domain, far-infrared (e.g. THz) spectroscopy; and near-field microscopy.
1) Synthesis and fundamental properties of nanoscale materials, with the aim of using nano-fabricated devices to characterize and control the adhesive properties of (biological) cells at the single-cell level. This work has relevance to the biology and physics of cancer and immunology.