Bio-Soft Materials Laboratory (B-SMaL)

Dr. Amir Sheikhi's endeavors are geared towards addressing some of the quintessential challenges of the 21st century in biomedicine and the environment by designing novel soft material platforms (e.g., hydrogels and nanoparticles) via micro- and nanoengineering techniques. In 2019, he founded the Bio-Soft Materials Laboratory (B-SMaL) at Penn State to develop transformative and/or translational soft materials that can set the stage for the adoption of affordable, widespread technologies with immediate benefits for humans and ecosystems. 

Current Research Focuses:

  • Microfluidic-enabled biomaterials for tissue engineering and regeneration
  • Living materials
  • Next-generation bioadhesives, tissue sealants, and hemostatic agents
  • Hydrogels for minimally invasive medical technologies
  • Self-healing and adaptable soft materials
  • Smart coatings
  • Hairy nanocelluloses as an emerging family of advanced materials

Contact Information

Bio-Soft Materials Laboratory website



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