Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
My research is focused on the broad study, development, and application of biological materials in science and technology. I have been awarded the world’s most outstanding young researcher in Materials Science by the Bayer Foundation. I have also been awarded best PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona for studies in the use of biopolymers in Microelectronics and Biomedicine. My post-doctoral work at MIT on the development of the “Micro-Masonry” has been highlighted as “breakthrough in tissue engineering” (CNET). As investigator at the Wyss Institute, my work is centered on elucidating the design principles of structural biosystems and applying those principles to create new classes of materials with exceptional properties. One of most recent results of this work is the design and fabrication of “Shrilk”, a compostable and biocompatible material inspired by the insect cuticle. Shrilk is referred, for example, to as “one of the materials that will change the future of manufacturing” (Scientific American), or simply a “Supermaterial” (National Geographic). My work and ideas have been extensively covered by the media. Of special interest to understand this vision, is the documentary by BBC within the series “Genius of Nature”, or the article by Harvard Gazette “As strong as an insect’s shell”. My opinion on environmental policies and sustainable development can be found, for example, at the personal interview for the science programme of BBC Radio “Costing the earth”.