Student working on a research project.

Bio-inspired Nanostructured Materials

In our research group we design, drawing inspiration from nature, develop, and characterize molecularly-engineered nanomaterials with desirable functionalities, and utilize these in products and processes that improve the quality of life by contributing to advanced materials, better health, or a cleaner environment. This project will focus on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid inorganic-organic materials and on the role that macromolecules play in their formation with emphasis on calcium oxalate, the major constituent of kidney stones. Our goal is the design of biominerals with similar complexity to those in nature and the development of therapies for treating pathological mineralization. Students who are highly motivated, able to work independently (with our guidance and help) and are willing to contribute significant effort on the project are encouraged to apply. Juniors or seniors who can commit to long term research (2 semesters or 1 semester summer) are preferred.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry
Student Skill-Set Needed: completed coursework in chemistry (engineering students), good laboratory skills, ability to work independently, ability to balance courses and research
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Marina Tsianou
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Chemical And Biological Engineering
Office: 609 Furnas Hall
Phone: 716-645-1191