Samuel I. Stupp
Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology
Director, Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science
PhD (1977) Northwestern University
Samuel Stupp's research focuses on supramolecular self-assembly to create functional nanostructures and materials designed for applications ranging from biological activity to improved electronic and photonic properties. The strategy of his lab is to design and synthesize organic molecules that are programmed to spontaneously form nanostructures through noncovalent interactions. Development of this area of "supramolecular nanotechnology" can lead to synthetic structures that emulate the shape, dimensions, and function of proteins and other biological macromolecules. An important focus is to apply self-assembling peptide-based materials for applications in regenerative medicine. The group is also interested in the mineralization of nanostructures to template hybrid organic-inorganic materials inspired by the natural process of biomineralization. Such materials could have important biomedical applications such as bone regeneration, or be used as materials for solar cells, solar fuel production, or energy storage. New research in his lab is developing novel materials that integrate covalent and supramolecular polymers, targeting smart dynamic structures that can function as artificial muscles or exhibit ability to self-repair.