Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Aizenberg, Joanna
Location Harvard University
Primary Field Chemistry
Secondary Field Applied Physical Sciences
 Election Citation
Aizenberg has pioneered the use of biological principles to develop advanced, adaptive materials and devices for medical and industrial applications.
 Research Interests
Aizenberg is one of the pioneers of the rapidly advancing field of biomimetic materials chemistry. Her lab's research is aimed at understanding some of the basic principles of biological architectures and the economy with which biology solves complex problems in the design of multifunctional, adaptive materials. She then uses biological principles as guidance in developing new, bio-inspired synthetic routes and nanofabrication strategies that would lead to advanced materials and devices, with broad implications in fields ranging from architecture to energy efficiency to medicine. Her specific interests include: (i) new approaches to inorganic crystallization that result in crystalline materials with exquisite architecture; (ii) discovery of unusual biological materials with advantageous mechanical and optical performance; (iii) development of new classes of dynamic, self-assembling materials that change their optical, mechanical or wetting characteristics in response to environment; (iv) study of the wetting phenomena and development of novel, truly omniphobic, self-healing and self-cleaning 'slippery' surfaces capable of repelling practically everything (from biological fluids to mussels to ice); (v) synthesis of stable, hierarchically designed heterogeneous catalysts.

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