joerg lahann, phd

Director of the Biointerfaces Institute
Professor, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering


Dr. Lahann is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the Director of the Biointerfaces Institute at the University of Michigan and the co-Director of the Institute for Functional Interfaces at the Karlrsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Dr. Lahann received a diploma degree and Ph.D. from the RWTH Aachen in Germany. He then completed a postdoctoral training in the research group of Prof. Robert S. Langer and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the University of Michigan in 2003 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2008. Dr. Lahann is a co-author of more than 140 papers including papers in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Biotechnology, or PNAS and have contributed to more than 25 patents and patent applications.

Recent scientific advances in the Lahann lab on the molecular design of active nanostructures - such as the introduction of reactive coatings (Lahann et al., Angew. Chem. 2001), reversibly switching surfaces (Lahann et al., Science 2003), and anisotropic nanoparticles (Roh et al., Nature Materials 2005) - support the vision of smart interfaces that can act as templates in time-controlled surface interactions. His work has been highlighted in news articles in Science and Nature; has received substantial attention in the popular press/media including C&EN News, MRS Bulletin, Science News, National Public Radio, Nanoworld, and Newsweek; and has been selected as one of the research highlights in 2003 (C&EN News).

He has been selected by Technology Review as one of the top 100 young and the recipient of the 2007 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Award, a NSF-CAREER award, and both a single-PI and a team Idea award (2006 & 2011) from the US Department of Defense. Since 2011, he has been a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. The Lahann laboratory at the University of Michigan has contributed to more than 100 conference presentations and more than 140 publications in a wide spectrum of scientific journals with some of the highest impact factors in the field, including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Protocols, Nature Nanotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Physical Letters, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Advanced Materials, Biomaterials, or Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) (see attached reference list for examples).

In the past nine years, Prof. Lahann has advised 24 graduate students from 4 different departments as well as 20 postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Lahann is an active member of several scientific societies including MRS, AICHE and ACS and serves on the editorial board of several journals including Macromolecular Rapid Communications and Advanced Healthcare Materials. He also has been the guest editor of two special issues in Macromolecular Rapid Communications and Advanced Materials and served as the editor of a book on Click Chemistry for Material Science and Biotechnology (2009, Wiley).