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Joester Lab

Research Interests

engineering, material science, crystalline, amorphous solids, biomaterials, sea urchin, enamel

Research Area

Living organisms make use of incredibly creative, efficient solutions to engineering problems. Having had several hundreds of millions of years of evolution to get things right, they got a bit of a head start as far product development is concerned. In my group at Northwestern Engineering, we try to understand biological engineering solutions so that one day we can apply this understanding and make better, more energy-efficient, sustainable materials, materials that fight disease or support your body in healing itself. We essentially think of our work at the Materials Science and Engineering Department as reverse-engineering biological engineering solutions.

Current Members

Alvares, Keith (Principal Investigator/Director)
Joester, Derk (Principal Investigator/Director)


Institution: Northwestern University

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General/Lab Fax: 847-491-7443