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David W. Britt

Phone: 435-797-2158
Office: ENGR 408, Utah State University

David W. Britt

Associate Professor of Biological Engineering, Interim Department Head, Utah State University
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellow
USDA-NIFA Young Investigator Award
USU Eldon Gardner Teacher of the Year


Interfacial engineering: Biomaterials, biofilms, protein conformation and disease, self-assembly, nanoparticles and agriculture

Selected Publications

Bonebrake M, Anderson K, Valiente J, Jacobson A, McLean JE, Anderson A, Britt DW, Biofilms Benefiting Plants Exposed to ZnO and CuO Nanoparticles Studied with a Root-Mimetic Hollow Fiber Membrane. J Agric Food Chem 2017 Oct 2;:

Anderson AJ, McLean JE, Jacobson AR, Britt DW, CuO and ZnO Nanoparticles Modify Interkingdom Cell Signaling Processes Relevant to Crop Production. J Agric Food Chem 2017 May 12;:

Gade A, Adams J, Britt DW, Shen FA, McLean JE, Jacobson A, Kim YC, Anderson AJ, Ag nanoparticles generated using bio-reduction and -coating cause microbial killing without cell lysis. Biometals 2016 Apr;29(2):211-23

Stewart J, Hansen T, McLean JE, McManus P, Das S, Britt DW, Anderson AJ, Dimkpa CO, Salts affect the interaction of ZnO or CuO nanoparticles with wheat. Environ Toxicol Chem 2015 Sep;34(9):2116-25

Watson JL, Fang T, Dimkpa CO, Britt DW, McLean JE, Jacobson A, Anderson AJ, The phytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles on wheat varies with soil properties. Biometals 2015 Feb;28(1):101-12

Dimkpa CO, McLean JE, Britt DW, Anderson AJ, Nano-CuO and interaction with nano-ZnO or soil bacterium provide evidence for the interference of nanoparticles in metal nutrition of plants. Ecotoxicology 2015 Jan;24(1):119-29

Peng Y, Turner NW, Britt DW, Trifluorosilane induced structural transitions in beta-lactoglobulin in sol and gel. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2014 Jul 1;119:6-13

Martineau N, McLean JE, Dimkpa CO, Britt DW, Anderson AJ, Components from wheat roots modify the bioactivity of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles in a soil bacterium. Environ Pollut 2014 Apr;187:65-72

Dimkpa CO, McLean JE, Britt DW, Anderson AJ, Antifungal activity of ZnO nanoparticles and their interactive effect with a biocontrol bacterium on growth antagonism of the plant pathogen Fusarium graminearum. Biometals 2013 Dec;26(6):913-24

Dimkpa CO, Latta DE, McLean JE, Britt DW, Boyanov MI, Anderson AJ, Fate of CuO and ZnO nano- and microparticles in the plant environment. Environ Sci Technol 2013 May 7;47(9):4734-42

Fang T, Watson JL, Goodman J, Dimkpa CO, Martineau N, Das S, McLean JE, Britt DW, Anderson AJ, Does doping with aluminum alter the effects of ZnO nanoparticles on the metabolism of soil pseudomonads? Microbiol Res 2013 Feb 22;168(2):91-8

Dimkpa CO, McLean JE, Martineau N, Britt DW, Haverkamp R, Anderson AJ, Silver nanoparticles disrupt wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) growth in a sand matrix. Environ Sci Technol 2013 Jan 15;47(2):1082-90

Dimkpa CO, McLean JE, Britt DW, Anderson AJ, CuO and ZnO nanoparticles differently affect the secretion of fluorescent siderophores in the beneficial root colonizer, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6. Nanotoxicology 2012 Sep;6(6):635-42

Calder AJ, Dimkpa CO, McLean JE, Britt DW, Johnson W, Anderson AJ, Soil components mitigate the antimicrobial effects of silver nanoparticles towards a beneficial soil bacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6. Sci Total Environ 2012 Jul 1;429:215-22

Dimkpa CO, McLean JE, Britt DW, Johnson WP, Arey B, Lea AS, Anderson AJ, Nanospecific inhibition of pyoverdine siderophore production in Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 by CuO nanoparticles. Chem Res Toxicol 2012 May 21;25(5):1066-74

Dimkpa CO, Zeng J, McLean JE, Britt DW, Zhan J, Anderson AJ, Production of indole-3-acetic acid via the indole-3-acetamide pathway in the plant-beneficial bacterium Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 is inhibited by ZnO nanoparticles but enhanced by CuO nanoparticles. Appl Environ Microbiol 2012 Mar;78(5):1404-10

Dimkpa CO, Calder A, Britt DW, McLean JE, Anderson AJ, Responses of a soil bacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 to commercial metal oxide nanoparticles compared with responses to metal ions. Environ Pollut 2011 Jul;159(7):1749-56

Dimkpa CO, Calder A, Gajjar P, Merugu S, Huang W, Britt DW, McLean JE, Johnson WP, Anderson AJ, Interaction of silver nanoparticles with an environmentally beneficial bacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis. J Hazard Mater 2011 Apr 15;188(1-3):428-35

Deshmukh V, Britt DW, Hlady V, Excess fibrinogen adsorption to monolayers of mixed lipids. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2010 Dec 1;81(2):607-13

Maran U, Britt D, Fox CB, Harris JM, Orendt AM, Conley H, Davis R, Hlady V, Stang PJ, Self-Assembly of a Triangle-Shaped, Hexaplatinum-Incorporated, Supramolecular Amphiphile in Solution and at Interfaces. Chemistry 2009 Aug 4;:

Gajjar P, Pettee B, Britt DW, Huang W, Johnson WP, Anderson AJ, Antimicrobial activities of commercial nanoparticles against an environmental soil microbe, Pseudomonas putida KT2440. J Biol Eng 2009 Jun 26;3:9

Housley L, Anderson T, Sontag N, Han SH, Britt DW, Anderson AJ, Pluronics' influence on pseudomonad biofilm and phenazine production. FEMS Microbiol Lett 2009 Apr;293(1):148-53

Turner NW, Liu X, Piletsky SA, Hlady V, Britt DW, Recognition of conformational changes in beta-lactoglobulin by molecularly imprinted thin films. Biomacromolecules 2007 Sep;8(9):2781-7

Turner NW, Wright BE, Hlady V, Britt DW, Formation of protein molecular imprints within Langmuir monolayers: a quartz crystal microbalance study. J Colloid Interface Sci 2007 Apr 1;308(1):71-80

Liang Y, Britt DW, McLean JE, Sorensen DL, Sims RC, Humic acid effect on pyrene degradation: finding an optimal range for pyrene solubility and mineralization enhancement. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 2007 Apr;74(6):1368-75

Turner NW, Jeans CW, Brain KR, Allender CJ, Hlady V, Britt D , From 3D to 2D: A Review of the Molecular Imprinting of Proteins. Biotechnol Prog 2006 Dec 1;22(6):1474-1489

Nickolov ZS, Britt DW, Miller J , Sum-Frequency Spectroscopy Analysis of Two-Component Langmuir Monolayers and the Associated Interfacial Water Structure. J Phys Chem B Condens Matter Mater Surf Interfaces Biophys 2006 Aug 10;110(31):15506-15513

Dhruv H, Pepalla R, Taveras M, Britt DW, Protein insertion and patterning of PEG bearing langmuir monolayers. Biotechnol Prog 2006 Jan-Feb;22(1):150-5

Du X, Hlady V, Britt , Langmuir monolayer approaches to protein recognition through molecular imprinting. Biosens Bioelectron 2005 Apr 15;20(10):2053-60

Britt DW, Hlady V, Separating Octadecyltrimethoxysilane Hydrolysis and Condensation at the Air/Water Interface through Addition of Methyl Stearate. J Phys Chem B 1999 Apr 8;103(14):2749-2754

Britt DW, Hlady V, Protonation, Hydrolysis, and Condensation of Mono- and Trifunctional Silanes at the Air/Water Interface. Langmuir 1999;15(5):1770-1776

Britt DW, Buijs J, Hlady V, Tobacco mosaic virus adsorption on self-assembled and Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers studied by TIRF and SFM. Thin Solid Films 1998 Aug 31;327-329:824-828

Buijs J, Britt DW, Hlady V, Human Growth Hormone Adsorption Kinetics and Conformation on Self-Assembled Monolayers. Langmuir 1998 Jan 20;14(2):335-341

Ho CH, Britt DW, Hlady V, Human low density lipoprotein and human serum albumin adsorption onto model surfaces studied by total internal reflection fluorescence and scanning force microscopy. J Mol Recognit 1996 Sep-Dec;9(5-6):444-55

Britt DW, Hlady V, In-Situ Atomic Force Microscope Imaging of Calcite Etch Pit Morphology Changes in Undersaturated and 1-Hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic Acid Poisoned Solutions. Langmuir 1997;13(7):1873-1876

Britt DW, Hlady V, An AFM Study of the Effects of Silanization Temperature, Hydration, and Annealing on the Nucleation and Aggregation of Condensed OTS Domains on Mica. J Colloid Interface Sci 1996 Mar 25;178(2):775-784