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 interface between materials and microorganisms are of particular interest to us. Our research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing influences from chemical engineering, materials science, and microbiology.