Bioinspired approaches:  Using biology to go beyond what biology could offer 

Biological systems present indispensable learning paradigms for advancing science and engineering. Mimicking such systems improves the understanding of complex structure-function relationships in 
biology, and thus biomimetics serve as indispensable learning tools.

Conversely, taking ideas from biology and applying them in an unorthodox manner, which does not necessarily resemble the natural system, results in new paradigms for science and engineering. Such bioinspired approaches can readily surpass what nature offers, and lead to countless unexplored possibilities for energy, electronics, materials design and numerous other applications.

It’s all about dynamics !!!

The kinetics of transformations, or the rates of changes and the routes in which they occur, provide crucial view at the factors that govern all natural phenomena. Living organisms provide some of the most astonishing examples of non-equilibrium systems with pronouncedly complex dynamics. Expanding the time scales, along with broadening the temporal and spatial dynamic ranges, manifests the universality of such paradigms and of their applicability outside of the field of biology.

What do we do ?

We employ biological inspiration to molecular designs for energy science and engineering, and for bioanalysis. For example, our bioinspired molecular electrets provide an unexplored means for controlling charge-transfer processes at nanometer scales. Bioinspired abiotic interfaces set the foundation for our biosensing research. 

Fundamental and advanced concepts of physical organic chemistry and biophysics, along with various synthetic, fabrication and analytical techniques, allow us to address important scientific and engineering questions at a broad range of spatial and temporal scales: i.e., from sub-nanometer to hundreds of micrometers, and from femtoseconds to minutes. The members of our group continuously expand their analytical and synthetic skills in order to carryout the cross-disciplinary research at the interface between basic science and applied engineering.

Our current research interests

Bioinspired charge-transfer systems

Employing ideas from Nature, we design dipole-polarization molecular electrets. In addition to having large intrinsic dipoles, these bioinspired electrets are composed of electronically coupled redox residues, providing an unexplored means for controlling the dynamics of charge transfer.

Dynamic biosensing

We explore the dynamics of fluorescence staining as an unprecedented source of information about the phenotype of microorganisms.


Print-and-peel (PAP) fabrication techniques, developed in our lab, allow for facile and expedient prototyping of microdevices, providing venues for broadening the accessibility to microfluidics technology. 

Employing optofluidic principles, we develop new analytical methods, such as space-domain time-resolved spectroscopy, where the dynamics of the microflows provides the temporal resolution under CW excitation and with "slow" detection.  

Biofunctional interfaces 

We use multistep surface-chemistry procedure, along with enzymatic kinetics, to ensure the preservation of the structural and functional integrity of globular proteins when covalently attached to surfaces.