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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

nanomaterials science and engineering, supramolecular chemistry, theranostics, targeted drug delivery, sensors
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Cottrell Teacher-Scholar Awardee

Selected Publications

  • L.M. Puzan, B. Legesse, R.A. Koppes, H. Fenniri, A.N. Koppes, Bioactive Organic Rosette Nanotubes Support Sensory Neurite Outgrowth, ACS Biomat. Sci. Eng., 4, 2018, 1630-1640
  • A.R. Spencer, A. Primbetova, A.N. Koppesa, R.A. Koppes, H. Fenniri, N. Annabi, Electroconductive Gelatin Methacryloyl-PEDOT:PSS Composite Hydrogels: Design, Synthesis, and Properties, ACS Biomat. Sci. Eng.,4, 2018, 1558-1567
  • E. Keyvani-Someh, Z. Hennighausen, W. Lee, R.C.K. Igwe, M.E. Kramdi, S. Kar, H. Fenniri, Organic Photovoltaics with Stacked Graphene Anodes, ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 1, 2018, 17-21
  • J.E. Fitzgerald, H. Fenniri, Cutting Edge Methods for Non-Invasive Disease Diagnosis Using E-Tongue and E-Nose Devices, Biosensors, 7(59), 2017, 1-39
  • H. Fenniri, K.W. Temburnikar, R.S. Johnson, Rosettes: Self-Assembled Supermacrocycles, In: Atwood, J. L. (ed.) Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry II, 6, 2017, 83-114
  • J.E. Fitzgerald, T.H.E. Bui, N.M. Simon, H. Fenniri, Artificial Nose Tehcnology: Status and Prospects in Diagnostics, Trends in Biotechnology, 35, 2016, 33-42
  • J.E. Fitzgerald, H. Fenniri, Biomimetic Cross-Reactive Sensor Arrays: Prospects in Diagnostics, RSC Advances, 6, 2016, 80468-80484
  • J.E. Fitzgerald, J. Zhu, J.-P. Bravo-Vasquez, H. Fenniri, Cross-Reactive, Self-Encoded Polymer Film Arrays for Sensor Applications, RSC Advances, 6, 2016, 82616-82624

Related News

August 5, 2019

ChE Professor Hicham Fenniri and PhD alumni Dr. Jessica Fitzgerald have published a book entitled Biomimetic Sensing: Methods and Protocols.

March 1, 2019

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster and Professor Hicham Fenniri received a patent entitled "Nanotubes and Compositions Thereof", which describes their work to develop novel self-assembled materials for tissue engineering applications.

November 28, 2018

ChE Professor Hicham Fenniri has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for his exceptional achievements and significant contributions within the medical and biological engineering fields.

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