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Angela Belcher, Ph.D.

Department of Biological Engineering
Germehausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering

Room 16-244A
617-252-1163 (phone)


BA, Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991
PhD, Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997

Research Summary

Dr. Angela Belcher is a materials chemist with expertise in the fields of biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces and solid state chemistry. The focus of Dr. Belcher's research is understanding and using the process by which Nature makes materials in order to design novel hybrid organic-inorganic electronic and magnetic materials on new length scales. Her research is very interdisciplinary in nature and brings together the fields of inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and electrical engineering. Among her awards are the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2000), and the Du Pont Young Investigators Award (1999). Her research was mentioned in a July 2001 Forbes magazine cover story on nanotechnology.

Selected Publications

  • “Ordering of Quantum Dots Using Genetically Engineered Viruses,” Science 296 (5569) 892–895 2002 (with others).
  • “Selection of Peptides with Semiconductor Binding Specificity for Directed Nanocrystal Assembly,” Nature 405 (6787) 665–668, 2000 (with others).
  • “Molecular Mechanistic Origin of the Toughness of Natural Adhesives, Fibres and Composites,” Nature 399 (6738) 761–763, 1999 (with others).
  • “First Steps in Harnessing the Potential of Biomineralization as a Route to High-Performance Composite Materials,” Acta Metal. Mater., 23 46 (3) 733-736, 1998 (with others).

Last Updated: April 16, 2008