Research Interests: In the Daniel Research Group we investigate how the chemical, physical, and organizational properties of molecules at a surface impact the interactions of the interface with other materials and the dynamic phenomena that result from those interactions. We study phenomena at both biological interfaces and chemically patterned surfaces that interact with soft matter – liquids; polymers; and biological materials, like cells, viruses, proteins, and lipids. In the context of energy and sustainability, we strive to design interfaces that reduce the costs of creating energy and transporting it. Towards this end we have created surfaces that use surface tension forces to remove liquid condensate from heat exchanger surfaces, greatly enhancing heat transfer coefficients. On the biointerface side, we have worked on understanding the characteristics of algae cell surfaces that lead to tunable aggregation for the efficient processing of biofuel extraction.