Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization
B.Sc. Biology, University of Copenhagen, 1998
B.Sc.Hon. Molecular Biology, University of Canterbury, 2000
M.Sc. Cell Biology, University of Copenhagen, 2001
Ph.D. Biomolecular Science & Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2008
Office: Rm 13-5018
Thanks to hundreds of millions of years of molecular evolution, Nature today presents us with polymers that under ambient pressure and temperature can self- assemble into materials with extraordinary properties such as underwater adhesion and self-healing. In contrast, man-made polymer materials are typically water intolerant, mechanically irreversible and environmentally unfriendly. My long term research goal is to distill the design strategies evolved through biological material adaptation in Nature and use them to expand the material properties of synthetic polymers. In the short term my lab will focus on utilizing a recently discovered biological polymer crosslink mechanism to (I) control polymer mechanics, to (II) establish polymer networks in confined geometries, and to (III) assemble polymer materials with bio-inspired hierarchical designs.
Holten-Andersen, N., Jaishankar, A., Harrington, M. J., Fullenkamp, D. E., DiMarco, G., He, L., McKinley, G. H., Messersmith, P. B. & Lee, K. Y. C. (2014), "Metal-coordination: using one of nature's tricks to control soft material mechanics" J. Mat. Chem. B. (Advance Article) DOI: 10.1039/C3TB21374A
Holten-Andersen, N., Henderson, M. J., Walther, F. J., Waring, A. J., Ruchala, P., Notter, R. H. & Lee, K. Y. C. (2011), "KL4 peptide induces reversible collapse structures on multiple length scales in model lung surfactant" Biophysical Journal, 101, 2957-2965.
Holten-Andersen, N., Lee, B. P., Messersmith, P. M., Lee, K. Y. C. & Waite, J. H. (2011)," pH-induced metal-ligand cross-links inspired by mussel yield self-healing polymer networks with near-covalent elastic moduli" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 108, 2651-2655.
Holten-Andersen, N., Fantner, G. E., Hohlbauch, S., Waite, J. H. & Zok, F. W. (2007), "Protective coatings on extensible biofibres" Nature Materials, 6, 669-672.
MITEI 2014 Seed Fund Awards Announced
The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has announced its latest round of seed grants to support early-stage innovative energy projects.
|March 28, 2014|
MPC spotlight article on Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen
Inspired by nature: Mussel fibers lead Holten-Andersen to create polymer gels with strong, but reversible, metal coordination bonds
|May 2, 2013|
Please join us in welcoming Professor Antoine Allanore and Professor Niels Holten-And
|June 29, 2012|