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George D. Bachand

George Bachand

Phone (505) 844-5164


  • CINT
  • Synthesis
  • Manipulate/Assemble
  • Function/Response Measurements


Soft and Biological Nanomaterials


Ph.D., Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York, 1997

B.S., Biology, Elizabethtown College, 1992


LANL Positions

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Physical, Chemical, and Nano Sciences Center, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 2001 – Present   Partner Science Leader, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 2011 – Present   Adjunct Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2006 – Present


Professional Societies

Materials Research Society

Biophysical Society



Popular Science “Best of What's New” Award Winner, Security category, Smallest, Safest Anthrax Detector, BaDx technology (2015)

Sandia National Laboratories Employee Recognition Award, For creating a portable diagnostic device to detect anthrax in low resource environments, and concurrently reducing the risk of theft and misuse of Bacillus anthracis (BaDx) (2015)

R&D100 Award, Portable Diagnostic Device for Bacillus anthracis Detection (BaDx) in Ultra-Low Resource Environments (2014)

Sandia National Laboratories Employee Recognition Award, W87 MC3730 Detonator Significant Finding Investigation Team (2013)

Work on encrypted information storage in synthetic DNA featured by KRQE News 13, PhysOrg, Science Daily, NewsWise, (e)Science News, NanoWerk, Federal Computer Week (FCW), Dark Reading, ExecutiveBiz, and Albuquerque Business First (2016)

Mentor, The New Mexico Cancer Nanoscience and Microsystems Training Center (2011-present)

Selected participant, “Frontiers in Engineering,” National Academy of Engineering, Dearborn, MI (2006)

Work featured in Popular Science as one of “20 incredible inventions from the near future” (July 2006)



Select publications:   Harper, J.C., Andrews, J.M., Ben, C., Hunt, A.C., Murton, J.K., Carson, B.D., Bachand, G.D., Lovchik, J.A., Arndt, W.D., Finley, M.R., and Edwards, T.L. (2016) Magnetic-adhesive based valves for microfluidic devices used in low-resource settings. Lab Chip 16: 4142 - 4151.   Greene, A.C., Henderson, I.M., Gomez, A., Paxton, W.F., VanDelinder, V., and Bachand, G.D. (2016) The role of membrane fluidization on the gel-assisted formation of giant polymersomes. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158729-1-13.   Mahakan, K.D., Ruan, G., Dorcéna, C.J., Vieira, G., Bouxsein N.F., Chalmers, J.J., Bachand, G.D., Sooyakumar, R., and Winter, J.O. (2016). Steering microtubule shuttle transport with dynamically controlled magnetic fields. Nanoscale 8(16): 8641-8649.   VanDelinder, V., Brener, S., and Bachand, G.D. (2016) Mechanisms underlying the active self-assembly of microtubule rings and spools. Biomacromolecules 17(3): 1048-1056.   Lam, A.T., VanDelinder, V., Kabir, A.M.R., Bachand, G.D, Hess, H., and Kakugo, A.T. (2016) Cytoskeletal motor-driven active self-assembly in in vitro systems. Soft Matter 12: 988-997 (invited review).   Paxton, W.F., Bouxsein, N.F., Henderson, I., and Bachand G.D. (2015) Dynamic assembly of polymer nanotube networks via kinesin powered microtubule filaments. Nanoscale 7(25): 10998-11004.   Bachand, G.D., Spoerke, E.D., and Stevens, M.J. (2015) Microtubule-based nanomaterials: Borrowing from Nature’s dynamic biopolymers. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 112(6): 1065-73 (invited review).   Momin, N., Lee, S., Gadok, A.K., Busch, D.J., Bachand, G.D., Hayden, C.C., Stachowiak, J.C., and Sasaki, D.Y. (2015). Designing lipids for selective partitioning into liquid ordered membrane domains. Soft Matt. 11: 3241-3250.   VanDelinder, V., Wheeler, D.R., Small, L.J., Spoerke, E.D., Henderson, I., and Bachand, G.D. (2015). Simple, benign, aqueous-based amination of polycarbonate surfaces. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 7: 5634-5649.   Bachand, M., Bouxsein, N.F., von Hoyningen-Huene, S., Bachand, G.D. (2014) Directed self-assembly of 1D microtubule nano-arrays. RSC Adv. 4: 51641-54649.   Bouxsein, N.F. & Bachand, G.D. (2014). Single filament behavior of microtubules in the presence of added divalent counterions. Biomacromolecules 15(10): 3696-3705.   Spoerke, E.D., Connor, B.A., Gough, D.V., McKenzie, B.B., and Bachand, G.D. (2014). Microtubule-templated cadmium sulfide nanotube assemblies. Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 31(8): 863-870 (cover).   Bachand, G.D., Bouxsein, N.F., VanDelinder, V., and Bachand, M. (2014). Biomolecular motors in nanoscale materials, devices, and systems. WIREs Nanomed. Nanobiotechnol. 6(2): 163-177. DOI:10.1002/wnan.1252 (invited review).   VanDelinder, V. and Bachand, G.D. (2014). Photodamage and the importance of photoprotection on biomolecular-powered device applications. Anal. Chem. 8(1): 721-728.   Spoerke, E.D., Bachand, G.D., Boal, A.K., and Bunker, B.C. (2013). Biodynamic assembly of nanocrystals on artificial microtubule asters. ACS Nano 7(3): 2012-2019.   Bouxsein, N.F., Carroll-Portillo, A., Bachand, M., Sasaki, D.Y., and Bachand, G.D. (2013). A continuous network of lipid nanotubes fabricated from the gliding motility of kinesin powered microtubule filaments. Langmuir 29 (9): 2992-2999.   Liu, H. and Bachand, G.D. (2013). Effects of confinement on molecular motor-driven self-assembly of ring structures. Mol. Cell. Bioeng. 6 (1): 98-108.   Bachand, G.D., Allen, A., Bachand, M., Achyuthan, K., Seagrave, J.C., and Brozik, S.M. (2012). Cytotoxicity and inflammation in human alveolar epithelial cells following exposure to occupational levels of gold and silver nanoparticles. J. Nanopart. Res. 14(10): 1-10.   Liu, H., and Bachand, G.D. (2011). Understanding energy dissipation and thermodynamics in biomotor-driven nanocomposite assemblies. Soft Matt. 7(6):  3087-3091 (cover).   Greene, A., Washburn, C., Bachand, G.D., and James, C.D. (2011). Combined chemical and topographical guidance cues for directing cytoarchitectural polarization in dissociated primary neurons. Biomaterials 32: 8860-8869.   Aaron, J.S., Greene, A.C., Kotula, P.G., Bachand, G.D., and Timlin, J.A. (2011). Optical imaging reveals dependence of particle shape on interactions between CdSe quantum dots and immune cells. Small 7(3): 334-341 (cover).   A complete list of publications may be found at: