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Trisha L. Andrew


Trisha L. Andrew is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She directs the Wearable Electronics Lab, a multi-disciplinary research team that produces garment-integrated technologies using reactive vapor deposition. Trisha started her career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after receiving her Ph.D. from MIT in 2011. She is a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow, a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, a L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow, and was named as one Forbes’ magazine “30 Under 30” Innovators in Energy.

Current Research

At present, we are actively developing and optimizing designer vapor phase coating chemistries to enable four types of technologies:

  1. Textile triboelectric generators that convert small body motions into stored energy and power body-mounted motion sensors
  2. Wear-, wash- and ironing-resistant conductive cloths that generate heat with a small applied voltage, suitable for pain reduction, temperature regulation and muscle relaxation
  3. Garment-integrated thermoelectric fabrics capable of generating energy from small heat differentials between body surfaces and the ambient environment
  4. Medical gauze-based electrochemical transistors that transduce ion currents and/or biomarker binding events into monitorable electronic signals

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Academic Background

  • PhD Organic Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
  • BS Chemistry, University of Washington, 2005
  • BS Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 2005


Kim, J. J.; Allison, L. K.; Andrew, T. L. Vapor Printed Polymer Electrodes for Long-Term, On-Demand Health Monitoring. Science Adv. 2019, 5, eaaw0463.
Allison, L. K.; Andrew, T. L. A Wearable All-Fabric Thermoelectric Generator. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2019, 4, 1800615.
Bilger, D.; Homayounfar, S. Z.; Andrew, T. L. A Critical Review of Reactive Vapor Deposition as a Tool for Organic Synthesis. J. Mater. Chem. C 2019, 7, 7159-7174.
Zhang, L.; Viola, W.; Andrew, T. L. High Energy Density, Super-Deformable, Garment-Integrated Microsupercapacitors for Powering Wearable Electronics. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 10, 36834-36840.
Kiaghadi, A.; Baima, M.; Gummeson, J.; Andrew, T. L.; Ganesan, D. Fabric as a Sensor: Towards Unobtrusive Sensing of Human Behavior with Triboelectric Textiles. In The 16th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys ’18), November 4–7, 2018, Shenzhen, China. ACM: New York, NY, USA, 12 pages.
Zhang, L; Baima, M. Andrew, T. L. Transforming Commercial Textiles and Threads into Sewable and Weavable Electric Heaters. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 32299-32307.
Zhang, L.; Fairbanks, M.; Andrew, T. L. Rugged Textile Electrodes for Wearable Devices Obtained by Vapor Coating Off-the-Shelf Plain-Woven Fabrics. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27, 1700415.
Contact Info

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
602 LGRT
710 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

(413) 545-1651