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Hicham Fenniri

253 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2013.

The supramolecular nanoscale assembly group is a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and technical staff dedicated to understanding the underlying concepts of molecular recognition, self-assembly and self-organization processes, and utilizing this knowledge to advance the health and medical technologies, energy and environment, information and communication technologies, and nanomaterials sectors.

The mission of our group is to (a) harness the properties and architecture of matter from the ground up through supramolecular synthesis, self-assembly and self-organization, (b) create new materials for application in sustainable energy generation, catalysis, nanoelectronics, and nanomedicine, (c) develop new technology platforms to address significant public health problems and meet current technological challenges, (d) train highly qualified graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technical staff.

Our group focuses specifically on the development of a variety of nanomaterials (organic nanotubes, metal nanoparticles, nanocrystalline cellulose) for applications as: (a) adaptable scaffolds for drug display/delivery, in particular for cancer, lung inflammation, and bone therapy; (b) coatings for optimal medical device integration in living systems; (c) electroactive and photoactive components for organic photovoltaics and nanoelectronics; (d) catalysts; (e) platforms for ultradetection; (f) components in composite materials.

In the context of these investigations, we explore the fundamentals of self-assembly and self-organization processes, to advance the design of materials with predefined dimensions and physical properties, and explore commercialization opportunities in the nanomedical device arena.


  • B.S. (Chemistry and Biochemistry) Université Louis Pasteur, 1989
  • M.Sc (Supramolecular Organic Chemistry) Université Louis Pasteur, 1990
  • Ph.D. (Supramolecular Sciences and Engineering) Université Louis Pasteur, 1994


Research & Scholarship Interests

Nanotechnology for biomedical applications, nanoscale materials for drug delivery, and cell therapeutics and regenerative medicine
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College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Cottrell Teacher-Scholar Awardee

Selected Publications

  • K. Ong, T. MacCormack, R. Clark, J. Ede, L. Felix, V. Ortega, M. Dang, G. Ma, H. Fenniri, J. Veinot, G. Goss, Widespread Nanoparticle-assay Interference: Implications for Nanotoxicity Testing, PLoS One, 9(3), 2014, e90650
  • E. Fine, L. Zhang, H. Fenniri, T.J. Webster, Enhanced Endothelial Cell Functions on Helical Rosette Nanotubes Coated Titanium Vascular Stents, International Journal of Nanomedicine, 4, 2009, 91–97
  • W.S. Journeay, S.S. Suri, J.G. Moralez, H. Fenniri, B. Singh, Macrophage Inflammatory Response to Self-assembling Rosette Nanotubes, Small, 5, 2009, 1446–1452
  • S.S. Singh, F. Rakotondradany, A.J. Myles, H. Fenniri, B. Singh, The Role of RGD-Tagged Rosette Nanotubes in the Induction of Inflammation and Apoptosis in Human Adenocarcinoma Cells Through p38 MAP Kinase, Biomaterials, 30, 2009, 3084–3090
  • W.S. Journeay, S.S. Singh, J.G. Moralez, H. Fenniri, B. Singh, Low Inflammatory Activation by Self-assembling Rosette Nanotubes in Human Calu-3 Pulmonary Epithelial Cells, Small, 4(6), 2008, 817–823

Related News

July 10, 2017

Prof. Fenniri’s 2014 article “Widespread Nanoparticle-Assay Interference: Implications for Nanotoxicity Testing” , is in the top 10% most cited papers of PLOS ONE. PLOS ONE is a...

June 6, 2016

Northeastern had the highest number of presentations by faculty and students ever at the World Biomaterials Congress held in Montreal from May 17-22, 2016.

August 26, 2014

ChE professor Thomas Webster and Hicham Fenniri were awarded a patent for using “Nanotubes and compositions thereof” on the surfaces of implants.

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