Jennifer A. Lewis

Jennifer A. Lewis

  • Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering

Profile

Jennifer A. Lewis is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is also a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

She earned a Sc.D. in Ceramic Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received numerous distinctions, including the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the Brunauer Award from the American Ceramic Society, the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society Medal. She is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Advanced Functional Materials and Soft Matter. She has authored 120 papers and holds eight patents.

Jennifer has made pioneering contributions to the directed assembly of soft functional materials. Her work integrates materials synthesis, complex fluids, microfluidics, and robotic assembly to design and pattern functional materials with controlled composition and architecture on multiple length scales (~100 nm - 1 mm). These novel materials may find potential application as printed electronics, waveguides, and 3D scaffolds and microvascular architectures for cell culture and tissue engineering.

To date, Jennifer and her team have developed new classes of concentrated colloidal, fugitive organic, polymer, hydrogel, and sol-gel inks for pen-on-paper, inkjet, roll-to-roll and 3D printing. To expedite the transformation of 3D printing from a prototyping to a manufacturing platform, her team has recently demonstrated high throughput printing of multiple materials via multinozzle arrays. Given the broad applications of this research, Jennifer's work crosses into many areas of translational research, including Adaptive Material Technologies, Bioinspired Robotics, Biomimetic Microsystems, Anticipatory Medical & Cellular Devices and Programmable Nanomaterials.

Additionally, she has been actively engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach for nearly two decades.

Contact Information

Office:221 Pierce Hall
Email:jalewis@seas.harvard.edu
Office Phone:(617) 496-0233
Lab Name:Lewis Research Group
Lab Room:B148
Assistant:Tina Knight
Assistant Office:Pierce 225
Assistant Phone:617-495-1102

Primary Teaching Area

Bioengineering

Positions & Employment

1/1/2013  Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
7/2007 – 9/30/12  Director, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)
2006 – 7/2007  Interim Director, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
Fall 2005  Associate Director, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
2003 – 2012  Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute Affiliate at the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology, and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Chemical Engineering. (Appointed as Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in Fall 2004.)
2001-2012  IRG Thrust Leader, NSF NSEC on Directed Assembly of Nanostructures (jointly funded center between RPI and Illinois – PI R. Seigel)
1997 – 2002  Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute Affiliate at the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology, and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Chemical Engineering.
Fall 1997  Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara (sabbatical leave)
Summer 1996  Visiting Scientist, Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Cambridge, England
12/1990 –1997  Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Research Professor at the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology.
1986 –1990  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Assistant (Ceramics Processing Research Laboratory). Thesis Advisor: Prof. Michael J. Cima.
1986  University of Leeds, Leeds, England; Department of Ceramic Engineering, Summer Intern
1985-1986  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Ceramic Engineering, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall and Spring)
1984, 1985  Summer Research Scholar, General Motors, Flint, MI.

Other Experience & Professional Membership

Jennifer is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of the Society of Rheology, the American Chemical Society, the Association for Women in Science, and Sigma Xi. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Advanced Functional Materials and Soft Matter.

Honors

MRS Medal, Materials Research Society (2012)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012)
Fellow, Materials Research Society (2011)
Langmuir Lecture Award, American Chemical Society (2009)
Fellow, American Physical Society (2007)
Fellow, American Ceramic Society (2005)
Brunauer Award, American Ceramic Society (2003)
NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994)
NSF Research Initiation Award (1992)

Patents Awarded

Jennifer A. Lewis holds nine patents:

1. S. Morissette, J. Cesarano III, J. Lewis, D. Dimos, “Solid freeform fabrication using chemically reactive
suspensions.” US-Patent 6,454,972. September 24, 2002.
2. J.A. Lewis, G.H. Kirby, J. Cheung, A. Jeknavorian, “Controlled Dispersion of Colloidal Suspension by
Comb Polymers”, US-Patent 7,053,125. May 30, 2006.
3. G. Gratson and J.A. Lewis, "Directed Assembly of Three-Dimensional Structures with Micron-Scale
Features," US-Patent 7,141,617. November 28, 2006 and Great Britain-Patent GB2418918, July 9, 2008.
4. G. Gratson and J.A. Lewis, "Directed Assembly of Three-Dimensional Structures with Micron-Scale
Features," US-Patent 7,790,061. September 7, 2010.
5. D. Therriault, J.A. Lewis, and S.R. White, “Microcapillary Networks” US-Patent 7,799,251 B2. September
21, 2010.
6. B.Y. Ahn, E.B. Duoss, J.A. Lewis, "Metallic Nanoparticle Inks", US-Patent 7,922,939. April 12, 2011.
7. J.A. Lewis, E.B. Duoss, M. Twardowski, "Sol-Gel Inks," US-Patent 7,956,102. June 7, 2011.
8. Q. Li, R. Rao, and J.A. Lewis “Biphasic Inks” (file October 2008, notification of issue February 2012).