Associate Professor of Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering (courtesy)
Carnegie Mellon University
email: washburn at andrew dot cmu dot edu
Phone: (412) 268-2130
Fax: (412) 268-1061
Office: Mellon Institute 814
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering
Materials Chemistry, Biomaterials, Green Chemistry
Research in the Washburn Group focuses on the development of new materials with novel compositions or architectures. The goals of the research are in elucidating fundamental properties and the structure-function relationships as well as exploring technological applications. Of particular interest is the development of materials based on renewable resources. Current research areas include surfactants and nanocomposites based on the biopolymer lignin, non-fouling interfaces for medical diagnostics, high-affinity adsorbents for the selective recovery of metals from aqueous systems, and conducting-polymer binders for battery electrodes.
|Years||Position or Degree|
|2010–present||Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University|
|2004–2010||Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University|
|2000–2004||Research Chemist, Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology|
|1998–2000||Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota|
|1998||Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California (Berkeley)|
|1993||B.S., Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|2010||Coulter Foundation Translational Research Award|
|2005||3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant|
Molecular architecture requirements for polymer-grafted lignin superplasticizers. Gupta C, Sverdlove MJ, Washburn NR. Soft Matter. 2015; 11: 2691-2699.
Polymer-Grafted Lignin Surfactants Prepared via Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain-Transfer Polymerization. C Gupta, NR Washburn. Langmuir. 2014; 30: 9303-9312.
Using Polypyrrole Coating to Improve Cycling Stability of NaTi2(PO4)3 as an Aqueous Na-Ion Anode. Mohamed AI, Sansone NJ, Kuei B, Washburn NR, Whitacre JF. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2015; 162: A2201-A2207.
Reducing Protein Adsorption with Polymer-Grafted Hyaluronic Acid Coatings. Ramadan MH, Prata JE, Karacsony O, Duner G, Washburn NR. Langmuir. 2014; 30:7485-7495.
Local delivery of anti-tumor necrosis factor-α through conjugation to hyaluronic acid: dosing strategies and early healing effects in a rat burn model. Friedrich EE, Azofeifa A, Fisch E, Washburn NR. J Burn Care Res. 2015; 36: 90-101.