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Thomas Webster

Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
313 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2012.

The primary focus of our research is the design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanomaterials for various medical applications. This includes self-assembled chemistries, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanostructured surfaces. Medical applications include inhibiting bacteria growth, inflammation, and promoting tissue growth. Tissues of particular interest are bone, cartilage, skin, nervous system, bladder, cardiovascular, and vascular. There is also an interest in anti-cancer applications where nanomaterials can be used to decrease cancer cell functions without the use of pharmaceutical agents. There is also a large interest in developing in situ sensors which can sense biological responses to medical devices and respond in real time to ensure implant success. Lastly, there is an interest in understanding the environmental and human health toxicity of nanomaterials.


  • B.S. (Chemical Engineering) University of Pittsburgh, 1995
  • Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2000

Research & Scholarship Interests

design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanomaterials for various medical applications, including self-assembled chemistries, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanostructured surfaces
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers
  • Fellow, American Society for Nanomedicine
  • Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering
  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Fellow, Ernst Strungmann Foundation
  • Fellow, International College of Fellows - Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Selected Publications

  • G. Mi, D. Shi, W. Herchek, T.J. Webster, Self-Assembled Arginine-Rich Peptides as Effective Antimicrobial Agents, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 105(4), 2017, 1046-1054
  • B.M. Geilich, I. Gelfat, S. Sridhar, T.J. Webster, Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide-Encapsulating Polymersome Nanocarriers for Biofilm Eradication, Biomaterials, 119, 2017, 78-85
  • P. Tran, L. Sarin, R. Hurt, T.J. Webster, Titanium Surfaces with Adherent Selenium Nanoclusters as a Novel Anti-Cancer Orthopedic Material, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 93(4), 2014, 1417-1428
  • P. Tran, L. Sarin, R. Hurt, T.J. Webster, Opportunities for Nanotechnology-Enabled Bioactive Bone Implants, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 19, 2009, 2653-2659
  • E.M. Christenson, K. Anseth, T.J. Webster, A.G. Mikos, et al., Nanobiomaterial Applications in Orthopaedics, Journal of Orthopaedic Research 25, 2007, 11-22
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June 13, 2018

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was featured in The Verge's ferrofluid video " How a 50-year-old NASA invention could change the way we fight cancer "...

May 15, 2018

The first International Conference on Biomaterials and Chemical Biology was hosted at Northeastern University by the Department of Chemical Engineering. Collaborative research in these disciplines has the potential to advance the field of biomaterials in a unique way and lead to new discoveries for better medicines and treatments. Additionally, Xingdong Zhang, Professor and Honorary Director of the National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials at Sichuan University, was named University Distinguished Professor by Provost James Bean and Dean Nadine Aubry.

April 24, 2018

Prof. Tom Webster (Chair, ChemE) will be honored with the plenary talk at the Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials on Thursday, April 26. His award talk will be "Designing, fabricating, and...

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