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Cha, Jennifer N

David Clough Professor


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research overview

  • Research in the Biomolecular Materials and Nanoscale Assembly Lab is focused on the design and use of chemistry, biology and chemical engineering to synthesize and create well-defined organic-inorganic systems from nanoscale building blocks. Because biological molecules, such as peptides, DNA, and proteins, provide significant capabilities for the assembly of nanoscale materials, a significant portion of the research centers at developing bio-nano interfaces and using biomolecular interactions for the assembly. Specific applications include engineering novel protein nanosensors for in vitro and in vivo detection, using DNA for nanoparticle thin film device fabrication and developing novel bio-inorganic interfaces for catalysis.


  • nanoscale materials, biomaterials, bionanotechnology, thin films, self assembly, sensors, heterogenous catalysis, optoelectronics


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courses taught

  • CHEN 1203 - General Chemistry for Engineers 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Designed for students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Topics include kinetics, solubility/solubility equilibria, acid-bases, buffers and titrations, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Examples and problems illustrate the application of chemistry to engineering sub-disciplines. Same as CHEN 1211 and CHEM 1133. Recommended corequisite: CHEM 1221.
  • CHEN 4805 - Biomaterials
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides an overview of biomaterials. Covers major classes of materials used in medical applications, properties, degradation mechanisms, and characterization methods, foreign body response, methods to control physiological response to biomaterial surfaces, biocompatibility, biomaterials used in soft and hard tissue replacements, drug delivery devices and tissue engineering, and design criteria for developing a material for a given biological application. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 3331.
  • CHEN 5919 - Special Topics in CHBE
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 5 total credit hours.


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