Welcome to the Schiffman Lab!
The Schiffman lab synthesizes bioinspired materials for a range of biomedical, environmental, and industrial applications. We focus on engineering natural polymers and plant-derived agents because they offer us a "greener" platform of desirable intrinsic properties. A few of the materials that we are currently developing include: wound healing nanofiber scaffolds, biomedical hydrogels, drug delivery nanoparticles, antifouling thin film coatings, and high-flux fouling-resistant membranes. Establishing structure-to-function relationships, as well as the investigating the materials-microbe interface are of particular interest to us. Our research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing influences from chemical engineering, materials science, and microbiology.