1st-year Chemical Engineering PhD student Ada Vernet received an award for the Best Oral Presentation at the 3rd Baltic Conference Series: International Conference on Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology (ICNANO) 2018 for her research on "Synthesis and characterization of tellurium nanowire using both chemical and green routes and their comparison in terms of biocompatibility and anticancer properties".
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- B.S. (Chemical Engineering) University of Pittsburgh, 1995
- Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2000
- 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
- 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
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.
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Honors & Awards
ChE Professor and Chair Thomas Webster published two new books with Professor Bingyun Li of West Virginia University on Orthopedic Biomaterials.
The Department of Chemical Engineering is proud to announce that eight of their students have received the Northeastern University Research and Creative Endeavor Awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
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