Newell R. Washburn

washburn at andrew dot cmu dot edu
MI 814
photo of Newell Washburn

Short Summary

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Biomedical Engineering with a courtesy appointment in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The research in my group is broadly interested in the development of new materials and exploring their technological applications. We are synthesizing chemicals and materials from the plant-derived polymer lignin, preparing novel additives for cements with low CO2 footprint, and developing materials and methods for additive manufacturing and 3D bioprinting. Machine learning has become a central tool for our research, and we are also establishing a new algorithm suitable for sparse datasets on complex physical systems.


Doctoral Students MS Students Undergraduates
Jennifer Bone (BME)
Christopher Childs (Chemistry)
Aditya Menon (MSE)
Kedar Perkins (Chemistry)
Emily Charleson (ChE) Renee Rios (CEE)
photo of Washburn group in front of the Mellon Institute

The Washburn Group: Aditya Menon, Kedar Perkins, Newell Washburn, Jennifer Bone and Christopher Childs. Not pictured: Emily Charleson, Renee Rios.


Machine Learning


Additive Manufacturing

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I am interested in entrepreneurship and have developed a project in Polymeric Biomaterials to introduce students to the subject and give them a basic understanding of how patents and intellectual property work in the context of technological innovation. This is summarized in an article that appears in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A.



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