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Kofinas, Peter

Peter Kofinas
Keystone Professor and Associate Chair
Director, Graduate Program
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
1120 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Bldg #225
Phone: 
301-405-2976
Fax: 
301-405-0523

Research Interests 

The main thrust of Professor Kofinas' research program is in the synthesis characterization and processing of novel polymer based nanostructured systems used in a variety of technological fields ranging from medicine and pharmeceutics to energy storage and microelectronics. Present problems of interest include: the design of polymer hydrogels that induce blood-coagulation for applications in synthetic haemostatics; the design of polymers that change color upon detection of pathogenic bacteria; the selective immobilization and binding of recombinant proteins and viruses on nanopatterned polymer surfaces; the development of novel functional magnetodielectric polymer nanocomposites for flexible antennas; the design of all-solid, shape-conforming, nanostructured polymer electrolytes for energy storage systems.

Background 

Peter Kofinas is appointed in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, where he is Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. He also holds affiliate appointments with the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

Professor Kofinas received his bachelors and masters degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in materials science and engineering from MIT in 1994 from the interdisciplinary Program of Polymer Science and Technology (PPST). He was then appointed as a post-doctoral research associate in the department of Chemical Engineering at MIT for 2 years before joining the faculty at University of Maryland in September of 1996. Dr. Kofinas was promoted to the rank of Professor at the University of Maryland in 2006.

Education 

  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
  • B.S. and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards 

Professor Kofinas received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 1999 for his research and educational activities on block copolymer nanostructures, and was also awarded the Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching award from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland the same year. In 2006 he was awarded the endowed Keystone Professorship for his exemplary undergraduate teaching skills and commitment to excellence in teaching fundamental engineering courses.