UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Cellular Engineering



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Jessica Schiffman

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-6143

Nanostructured Biomaterials from Renewable Biopolymers & Natural Products

Our lab aims to synthesize novel nanostructures that benefit from the materials properties of renewable biopolymers and bioactive products. We aim to intensify their intrinsic functionality - antibacterial, biodegradable, biocompatible, ion chelation, coagulation - by fundamentally understanding their physiochemical and structure-to-function relationships. Engineering composites and performing surface modifications are sample techniques we employ to optimize our nanobiomaterials.


Research Interest

Potential Application

Synthesizing biopolyelectrolyte nanoparticles

Drug delivery, waste & wastewater treatment

Electrospinning bioactive nanofiber mats

Tissue engineering, wound dressings, antibacterial coatings

Engineering degradable polymer thin films

Antibiofilm coatings, corrosion resistant coatings

Bulk materials characterization & probing nanostructure-to-function relationships

Scale-up of renewable feedstocks, controlled cell migration

University of Massachusetts
Institute for Cellular Engineering
686 North Pleasant Street
159 Goessmann Laboratory
Amherst, MA 01003