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Thomas J. Webster

Professor, Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering,  Chemical Engineering

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  • 216 Cullinane
  • 617.373.2989

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  • 225 Egan
  • 617.373.2285

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Research Focus

design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanomaterials for various medical applications, including self-assembled chemistries, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanostructured surfaces

About

Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2012.

The primary focus of our research is the design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanomaterials for various medical applications. This includes self-assembled chemistries, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanostructured surfaces. Medical applications include inhibiting bacteria growth, inflammation, and promoting tissue growth. Tissues of particular interest are bone, cartilage, skin, nervous system, bladder, cardiovascular, and vascular. There is also an interest in anti-cancer applications where nanomaterials can be used to decrease cancer cell functions without the use of pharmaceutical agents. There is also a large interest in developing in situ sensors which can sense biological responses to medical devices and respond in real time to ensure implant success. Lastly, there is an interest in understanding the environmental and human health toxicity of nanomaterials.

Education

  • B.S. (Chemical Engineering) University of Pittsburgh, 1995
  • Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2000

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers
  • Fellow, American Society for Nanomedicine
  • Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering
  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Fellow, Ernst Strungmann Foundation
  • Fellow, International College of Fellows – Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Research Overview

design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanomaterials for various medical applications, including self-assembled chemistries, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanostructured surfaces

Selected Research Projects

  • Development and Commercialization of Nanostructured Resorbable Urogenital Grafts
    • Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health
  • Developing Injectable Materials for Cartilage Applications: Part 1
    • Principal Investigator, Audax, Inc.
  • Long-Term Prevention of Peri-Implantitis via Nano-Textured, TiO/Ag Surfaces
    • Co-Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health
  • Nanomedicine Academy of Minority Serving Institutions
    • Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • H.T. Cui, S.D. Miao, T. Esworthy, S.J. Lee, X. Zhou, S.Y. Hann, T.J. Webster, A Novel Near-Infrared Light Responsive 4D Printed Nanoarchitecture with Dynamically and Remotely Controllable Transformation, Nano Research, 12(6), 2019, 1381-1388
  • D.M. Cruz, W.T. Street, B. Zhang, X. Huang, T.J. Webster, et al., Citric Juice-Mediated Synthesis of Tellurium Nanoparticles with Antimicrobial and Anticancer Properties, Green Chemistry, 21, 2019, 1982-1998
  • S.M.N. Gallón, E. Alpaslan, M. Wang, P. Larese-Casanova, T.J. Webster, Characterization and Study of the Antibacterial Mechanisms of Silver Nanoparticles Prepared with Microalgal Exopolysaccharides, Materials Science and Engineering: C, 99, 2019, 685-695

Faculty

Aug 10, 2020

Webster Receives Funding with Spanish Researchers to Develop Better Implants

ChE Professor Thomas Webster and Professor Yadir Torres Hernandez from the University of Seville, Spain; PI have secured funding from the Spanish Government (via the National Research program) for a project entitled “Titanium-based implants with adapted stiffness, biofunctionalized surface and pores filled with biodegradable, antibacterial and potential therapeutic polymers”.

Faculty

Aug 03, 2020

Webster Working with European Commission to Develop Strategies to Make Products Enabled by Advanced Nanomaterials

ChE Professor Thomas Webster, Art Zafiropoulo Chair, is part of a team of groups of global researchers working as part of a grant from the European Commission entitled ‘SUNSHINE’: Safe and sUstainable by desigN Strategies for HIgh performance multicomponent NanomatErials’. The main goal of SUNSHINE is to develop and implement strategies to make products enabled […]

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Dec 12, 2019

Webster Awarded Patent for Bacteria-Resistant Polymers

ChE Professor Thomas Webster was awarded a patent for “nanostructured bacteria-resistant polymer materials.”

David Medina, a doctoral student at Northeastern, is using bacteria to produce nanoparticles that are particularly effective at killing whatever type of cell was used to create them, including strains of bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Faculty

Sep 20, 2019

Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

ChE Professor Thomas Webster and his colleagues are using bacteria to develop nanoparticles that will combat antibiotic-resistant infections.

Students

Sep 12, 2019

ChE PhD students Bahram Saleh & Caterina Bartomeu Garcia are Finalists for Graduate Student Competition in Microbiointerface Research

Chemical Engineering PhD students Bahram Saleh and Caterina Bartomeu Garcia, from Professor Thomas Webster’s nanomedicine lab, have been called finalists for the upcoming AIChE 2019 annual meeting podium graduate student award competition in  Microbiointerface Research.  The students will be judged for the quality of the presentations and research on microbial interaction with biomedical interfaces.

Faculty

Jun 10, 2019

Webster Co-Authors "Immune Aspects of BioPharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines

ChE Professor and Chair Tom Webster is a co-author of the new book “Immune Aspects of BioPharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines”.

Faculty

May 08, 2019

Webster’s start up, Nanovis, Named MedTech Outlook Top 10 Orthopedic Solution Provider, 2019

Chemical Engineering Professor and Chair Tom Webster’s start up, Nanovis, Named MedTech Outlook Top 10 Orthopedic Solution Provider, 2019.

Faculty

Apr 24, 2019

Webster Selected as a Fellow of the International Journal of Nanomedicine

Chemical Engineering Professor and Chair Thomas Webster was selected as a Fellow of the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

Faculty

Mar 01, 2019

Fenniri and Webster Award Patent

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster and Professor Hicham Fenniri received a patent entitled “Nanotubes and Compositions Thereof”, which describes their work to develop novel self-assembled materials for tissue engineering applications.

Faculty

Feb 25, 2019

Webster Start-Up Accomplishment

Nanovis, one of Chemical Engineering Professor & Chair Tom Webster’s start-up companies, was recently recognized by Global Health & Pharma Magazine as the Best Nanotechnology Driven Implant Company, 2018.

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