The Aizenberg Biomineralization and Biomimetics Lab

In the course of evolution, Nature has developed strategies that endow biological processes and materials with exquisite selectivity, specificity, and adaptability. This is wonderfully exemplified in the realm of inorganic materials formation by organisms, so-called "biomineralization", and in the self-assembled dynamic structures that enable organisms to respond to a constantly changing environment.

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, responsive 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.

Dr. Aizenberg is one of the pioneers of this rapidly developing field of biomimetic inorganic materials synthesis. The lab pursues a broad range of research interests that include biomimetics, self-assembly, adaptive materials, crystal engineering, surface wettability, nanofabrication, biooptics, biomaterials, and biomechanics.

The lab is part of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Research areas include:

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