Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Bettinger

Christopher Bettinger

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Prof. Christopher Bettinger is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Prof. Bettinger received an S.B. in Chemical Engineering in 2003, an M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008 as a Charles Stark Draper Fellow, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Chemical Engineering as an NIH Ruth Kirschstein Fellow in 2010. He has received many honors including the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering Award for “Outstanding PhD Thesis”, the ACS AkzoNobel Award for Polymer Chemistry, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society Young Investigator Award. Prof. Bettinger is also a co-inventor on several patents and was a finalist in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008


The Laboratory for Therapeutic Biodegradable Microsystems is broadly interested in the development of biomaterials-based MEMS for use in a wide range of biomedical applications including regenerative medicine, neural interfaces, and drug delivery. We use interdisciplinary strategies to develop next generation medical implants that combine extraordinary properties of biodegradability and biocompatibility with unique mechanical properties and electronic functionality.

Our laboratory is currently focused on several specific thrusts including: BioMEMS for tissue regeneration, biodegradable electronic devices, biomimetic tissue-device interfaces, non-conventional microfabrication of biomaterials, rational biomaterials synthesis, and quantitative elucidation of biodegradation phenomena.


H Wu, V Sariola, C Zhu, J Zhao, M Sitti, C J Bettinger. Transfer Printing of Metallic Microstructures on Adhesion-Promoting Hydrogel Substrates. Advanced Materials 2015. xx (xx) xxxx–xxxx.

C Zhu and C J Bettinger. Photoreconfigurable Physically Cross-Linked Triblock Copolymer Hydrogels: Photodisintegration Kinetics and Structure–Property Relationships. Macromolecules 2015. 48 1563-1572. DOI: 10.1021/bm500990z

Y J Kim, W Wu, S E Chun, J Whitacre*, C J Bettinger*. Catechol-mediated Cycling Stability in Secondary Mg Batteries Using Eumelanin Cathodes. Advanced Materials 2014. 26 (38) 6572-6579. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201402295

Hangjun Ding, Mingjiang Zhong, Young Jo Kim, Pitirat Pholpabu, Aditya Balasubramanian, Chin Ming Hui, Hongkun He, Huai Yang, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski*, and C J Bettinger*. Biologically-Derived Soft Conducting  Hydrogels using Heparin-doped Polymer Networks. ACS Nano 2014. 8 (5) 4348-4357. DOI: 10.1021/nn406019m

Y J Kim, W Wu, S E Chun, J Whitacre*, C J Bettinger*. Biologically-derived melanin electrodes in aqueous sodium-ion energy storage devices. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 2013. 110 20912–20917. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314345110