Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
The natural world has long inspired technology. Now, recent advances are enabling researchers to understand and adapt nature?s designs with unprecedented precision, applying cutting-edge polymer chemistry and protein engineering to synthesize new materials at the interface of biology and the physical sciences. Biological-derived and inspired polymers can dramatically extend the capabilities of soft materials, such as engineering plastics, catalysts, and biomedical hydrogels, with implications for efficiency and sustainability across industries, including medicine, energy, food, and feed stocks.