Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Laboratory Manager/Administrator: Marina McLaughlin
The Aizenberg 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. The goal is to use biological principles as guidance in developing new, bio-inspired synthetic routes and nanofabrication strategies that would lead to advanced materials and devices, with broad impact in fields ranging from architecture to energy efficiency to medicine.
The lab pursues a wide range of research interests that include adaptive materials, biomineralization, surface science and self-cleaning materials, bio-inspired optics, self-assembly, nanofabrication, and bio-nano interfaces.
Joanna Aizenberg is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology.