Carnegie Mellon University

Soft, Nanostructured and Bioactive Materials

Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication
Chris Bettinger | Phil Campbell | Tzahi Cohen-Karni Adam Feinberg | Mohammad Islam | Tomasz Kowalewski | Lynn Walker | Newell Washburn | Jay Whitacre

Bioelectronics and Biosensors
Chris Bettinger | Tzahi Cohen-Karni Mohammad Islam | Kris Dahl  | Reeja Jayan

Flexible and Wearable Electronics
Michael Bockstaller | Adam Feinberg | Carmel Majidi

Medical Devices and Drug Delivery
Chris Bettinger | Michael Bockstaller | Tzahi Cohen-Karni | Adam Feinberg | Mohammad Islam | Reeja Jayan | Krzysztof Matyjaszewski | Burak Ozdoganlar Lee Weiss

How can we control the behavior of cells using synthetic materials? What would it take to 3D-print a heart? Can we improve the performance of medical devices by designing and synthesizing new polymers and interfaces? Can we use inspiration from nature to design new materials for technologies such as biocompatible batteries, tissue engineering scaffolds, or surgical adhesives? These are the questions being addressed by faculty working in the area of Materials for Healthcare within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Many ongoing research projects are highly interdisciplinary, incorporating diverse fields including polymer chemistry, soft matter physics, polymer processing, microfabrication, biomedical engineering, and bioelectronics. Overarching research themes in projects related to Materials for Healthcare include: increasing our understanding how cells and tissues respond to the materials that comprise their microenvironment; establishing structure-property-processing relationships in polymers, proteins, ceramics, metals, and hybrid organic-inorganic biomaterials across molecular, microstructural, and continuum length scales; inventing new techniques and methodologies for processing of synthetic and natural polymers including 3D-printing, microfabrication, and self-assembly.

The discoveries and inventions from these research activities can improve broad segments of healthcare technology including medical devices, tissue engineering scaffolds, drug delivery systems, and materials technologies for neural engineering. Research under the purview of Materials for Healthcare within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering also includes vibrant collaborations with investigators from other departments at Carnegie Mellon including: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry.