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Thomas J. Webster

Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering
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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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

  • J.S. Medeiros, A.M.Oliveira, J.O. de Carvalho, T.J. Webster, Nanohydroxyapatite/Graphene Nanoribbons Nanocomposites Induce in Vitro Osteogenesis and Promote in Vivo Bone Neoformation, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 4(5), 2018, 1580-1590
  • Q. Wang, G. Mi, D. Hickey, T.J. Webster, Azithromycin-Loaded Respirable Microparticles for Targeted Pulmonary Delivery for the Treatment of Pneumonia Biomaterials, 160, 2018, 107-123
  • 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
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Related News

October 26, 2018

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster has published the book "Biomaterials in Translational Medicine" which delivers timely and detailed information on the latest advances in biomaterials and their role and impact in translational medicine.

October 15, 2018

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".

September 7, 2018

ChE Professor and Chair Thomas Webster published two new books with Professor Bingyun Li of West Virginia University on Orthopedic Biomaterials.

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