Faculty Directory

Kofinas, Peter

Kofinas, Peter

ChBE Professor and Chair
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
2113D Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, M.I.T., 1994

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • A. James Clark School of Engineering Senior Faculty Oustanding Research Award, 2012
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering Keystone Professor, 2006
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1999
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering Junior Faculty Teaching Award, 1999

solution blow spun functional polymers as surgical sealants;solid, non-flammable, solid polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries; functional magnetodielectric polymer nanocomposites for flexible antennas. photonic crystal biosensors for detection of pathogens; point-of-care diagnostics for urea cycle disorder metabolites; 


  • Safe high performance solid polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries
  • Additively manufactured Low loss polymer nanoparticle composites for radio frequency devices
  • Synthetic functional polymer hydrogel for hemorrhage control
  • Point of care diagnostics for hyperammonemia and aminoacidopathies
  • Reagentless thin film nanostructured biosensor for pathogen detection
  • Phhotonic crystal biosensors

For more information, please fml.umd.edu

 

 

CHBE457 Design and Processing of Polymers for Biomedical Devices

“Improving the Adhesion, Flexibility, and Hemostatic Efficacy of a Polymer Blend Surgical Sealant by Incorporating Silica Particles”J. L. Daristotle, S. T. Zaki, L. W. Lau, L. Torres Jr, A. Zografos, P. Sr inivasan, O. B. Ayyub, A. D. Sandler, and P. Kofinas  Acta Biomaterialia, in press, 2019.  DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2019.04.015

“Multistage Chemical Heating for Instrument-Free Biosensing” J.P. Goertz, K. M. Colvin,A.B. Lippe, J.L. Daristotle, P. Kofinas, I.M. White
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10(39), 33043–33048, 2018  DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b11611
 
 “Spray Processed Composites with High Conductivity and Elasticity”
M. Vural, A.M. Behrens, W. Hwang, J.J. Ayoub, D. Chasser, A.W. Cresce, R.M. Briber, and P. Kofinas ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10, 13953-13962, 2018.
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b00068
 
“Zeolite-loaded alginate-chitosan hydrogel beads as a topical hemostat” P. Fathi, M.J. Sikorski, K. Christodoulides, K.R. Langan, Y. S. Choi, J.M. Titcomb, A.S. Ghodasara, O.A. Wonodi, H. Thaker, M. Vural, A.M. Behrens, and P. Kofinas. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B - Applied Biomaterials, 106(5), 1662-1671, 2018. 
DOI:10.1002/jbm.b.33969 PMID: 28842967
 
 “A magnetically recoverable photocatalyst prepared by supporting TiO2 nanoparticles on a superparamagnetic iron oxide nanocluster core@fibrous silica shell nanocomposite”
Bokyung Seo, Chaedong Lee, Donggeon Yoo, Peter Kofinas, Yuanzhe Piao.
Royal Society of Chemistry Advances 7, 9587, 2017.   DOI: 10.1039/c6ra27907d
 
“Solution Blow Spun Polymer: A Novel Pre-Clinical Surgical Sealant for Bowel Anastomoses” N.G. Kern, A.M. Behrens, P. Srinivasan, C.T. Rossi, J.L. Daristotle, P. Kofinas, A.D. Sandler. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 52, 1308-1312, 2017.   DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.11.044 PMCID: PMC5459684
 
“A review of the fundamental principles and applications of solution blow spinning”
J.L. Daristotle, A.M. Behrens, A.D. Sandler, and P. Kofinas.   ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8 (51), 34951–34963, 2016.
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b12994  PubMed PMID: 27966857
 
“Protein Adsorption on Chemically Modified Block Copolymer Nanodomains: Influence of Charge and Flow” J.S. Silverstein, B.J. Casey, P. Kofinas, B.J. Dair.  Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 16(2), 1460-1470, 2016.  DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2016.10895
 
“Stretchable Magneto-dielectric Composites Based on Raspberry-Shaped Iron Oxide Nanostructures” M. Vural, O. Gerber, B.P. Pichon, S. Lemonier, E. Barraud, L.C. Kempel, S. Begin-Colin, and P. Kofinas, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 4, 2345, 2016.  DOI: 10.1039/c6tc00419a
 
“Rapid Fabrication of Poly(DL-lactide) Nanofiber Scaffolds with Tunable Degradation for Tissue Engineering Applications by Air-brushing” A.M. Behrens, J. Kim, N. Hotaling, J. Seppala, P. Kofinas, W. Tutak. Biomedical Materials, 11, 035001, 2016.  DOI: 10.1088/1748-6041/11/3/035001 PMCID: PMC4963247
 
“Core/Shell Iron/Oxide Nanoparticles for Improving the Magneto-Dielectric Properties of Polymer Composites” T-I Yang, C-Y Chuang, S-C Yang, L.C. Kempel, and P. Kofinas.
Advanced Engineering Materials, 18(1), 2016.  DOI: 10.1002/adem.201500234
 
“Biodegradable Polymer Blend Based Surgical Sealant with Body Temperature Mediated Adhesion” A.M. Behrens, N.G. Lee, B.J. Casey, P. Srinivasan, M.J. Sikorski, J.L. Daristotle, A. D. Sandler, and P. Kofinas.  Advanced Materials, 27, 8056–8061, 2015.  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201503691 PMCID: PMC4961426
 
“Enzyme Induced Degradation Stiffening in Hydrogels with Structural Color” 
O.B. Ayyub, and P Kofinas.  ACS Nano, 9 (8), 8004–8011, 2015.   DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b01514 PMID: 26196060
 
“Simple and Inexpensive Quantification of Ammonia in Whole Blood”
O.B. Ayyub, A.M. Behrens, B.T. Heligman, M.E. Natoli, J.J. Ayoub, G. Cunningham, M. Summar, and P. Kofinas. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 115, 95–100, 2015.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2015.04.004 PMID: 25936660 PMCID: PMC4462127
 
“Sprayable Elastic Conductors Based on Block Copolymer Silver Nanoparticle Composites” M. Vural, A. M. Behrens, O. B. Ayyub, J. J. Ayoub, and P. Kofinas.
ACS Nano, 9(1), 336-344, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/nn505306h PMCID: PMC4310637
 
“Synthesis and Characterization of Microphase Separated Primary Amine Functionalized Polystyrene-b-Poly(2-vinylpyridine) Polymer” O.B. Ayyub, M.B. Ibrahim, and P. Kofinas. Polymer, 55, 6227-6231, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.10.005
 
“Hemostatic Strategies for Traumatic and Surgical Bleeding” A.M. Behrens, M.J. Sikorski, and P. Kofinas. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 102(11), 4182-4194, 2014.
DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.35052 PMID: 24307256.
 
“In situ Deposition of PLGA Nanofibers via Solution Blow Spinning” A.M. Behrens, B.J. Casey, M.J. Sikorski, K. Wu, W. Tutak, A, Sandler, and P. Kofinas. 
ACS Macro Letters, 3(3), 249-254, 2014. DOI: 10.1021/mz500049x
 
“Nanostructured Flexible Magneto-dielectrics for Radio Frequency Applications” M.Vural, B. Crowgey, L. Kempel, and P. Kofinas. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2, 756-763, 2014.
DOI:10.1039/C3TC32113D
 
“Blood Aggregating Hydrogel Microparticles for Use as a Hemostatic Agent” A.M. Behrens, M.J. Sikorski, T. Li, Z. J. Wu, B.P. Griffith, and P. Kofinas. 
Acta Biomaterialia, 10(2) 701–708, 2014.  DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2013.10.029 PMID: 24185001
 
“The cell release kinetics and the swelling behavior of physically crosslinked xanthanchitosan hydrogels in simulated gastrointestinal conditions” S. Argin, P. Kofinas, Y. Martin Lo. Food Hydrocolloids, 40, 138-144, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2014.02.018
 
“Enzymatic Activity Preservation and Protection through Entrapment within Degradable Hydrogels” A. Mariani, M. Natoli, and P. Kofinas. 
Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 10(11), 2994-3002, 2013. DOI:10.1002/bit.24971 PMID: 23744741
 
“In vivo and In Vivo Evaluation of Polymer Hydrogels for Hemorrhage Control”
B.J. Casey, A.M. Behrens, Z.I. Tsinas, J.R. Hess, Z.J. Wu, B.P. Griffith, and P. Kofinas.
Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, 24(15), 1781-1793, 2013. DOI:10.1080/09205063.2013.801707 PMID: 21058718
 
“Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Photonic Crystal for Selective Fructose Detection” O.B. Ayyub, M.B. Ibrahim, R.M. Briber, and P. Kofinas.
Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 46, 124-129, 2013.
DOI:10.1016/j.bios.2013.02.025 PMID: 23531858
 
“Investigating  polymer thiolation in gene delivery” 
I. Bacalocostantis, V. Mane, M. Kang M., A. Goodley, S. Muro, W.E. Bentley, and P. Kofinas, 
Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. 24(8), 912-926, 2013. DOI:10.1080/09205063.2012.727266 PMID: 23647248
 

Four BIOE Ph.D. Students Awarded NIH Fellowships

Students recognized for research in vaccine design, surgical sealants, pulmonary diseases, and multiple sclerosis. 

Peter Kofinas Will Serve as Next Chair of ChBE

Effective July 1, Sheryl Ehrman will depart for San Jose State University.

Lab Students' 'Creativity is Key'

Clark School's Functional Macromolecular Lab allows students to mold new ideas

BIOE Capstone 2017: Projects Focus on Pediatric Care, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary Tumors, and More

BIOE hosted it's largest-ever Capstone Design competition on May 10th, 2017.

Clark School Alum Named to Forbes "30 Under 30: Healthcare" List

Adam Behrens (BIOE, Ph.D. '15; ChBE, B.S. '10) recognized for work in vaccine and diagnostic testing development.

BIOE Alum Awarded Council of Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Honorable Mention

Adam Behrens (Ph.D. ’15) recognized for work on materials for use in traumatic injury surgery.

Airbrushed Biodegradable Sealant Could Offer Low-Cost, Portable Alternative to Surgical Sutures

BIOE Professor and Associate Dean Peter Kofinas receives R01 for innovative surgical sealant and application technique research.

BioE Capstone 2016: New Projects Focus on Improved Healthcare for Underserved Communities, Pediatric Patients, and More

Affordable RT-PCR for clinical diagnostics, fear mitigation device for pediatric MRIs tie for first place.

Kofinas Awarded Patent for Flexible Batteries

Polymer solid electrolyte could make batteries safer, smaller, and less expensive

2015 Dean's Student Research Awards

Winners of the 2015 Dean's Student Research Awards have been announced.

Simple Stretchable Conducting Material is Robust and Inexpensive

Electronic fabrics and skin are potential applications

UMD Hosts Technical Meeting on Nanomagnetic Materials

Professor and Associate Dean Peter Kofinas organized gathering of more than two dozen nanomagnetic materials experts.

Sloan Foundation Funds Program of Exemplary Mentoring

Program will improve recruitment, retention of talented minority Ph.D. students.

BioE Capstone 2014: New Projects Focus on Cardiological Health, Surgical Tools and More

Students' inventions range from diagnostic devices to accident prevention products.

Kofinas Featured in Chemical & Engineering News

Fischell Department of Bioengineering Associate Dean Peter Kofinas was recognized for his work with polymer nanofibers.

Behrens, Manthe Join Future Faculty Program

Program prepares graduate students for careers in academia.

Kofinas Receives Clark School Faculty Service Award

Professor recognized for contributions to administrative and educational programs.

Ayyub, Wiederoder Named Future Faculty Fellows

Graduate students join highly selective cohort.

Rappaport Wins HHMI Fellowship

Award supports senior’s efforts to develop treatments for rare genetic disorders.

SEEDS Fellowship Supports Sikorski's Work on Blood Clotting Gel

BioE sophomore developing potentially life-saving products with Kofinas Group.

Kofinas, Muro Honored for Research

Clark School Outstanding Research Awards recognize professors' influential and ground-breaking work.

A Faster, Easier Way to Diagnose Metabolic Disorders in Infants

NIH supports Kofinas' efforts to develop inexpensive, point-of-care blood test.

Khalid Wins College Park Scholars Tri-Star Award

Bioengineering junior honored for academic excellence, community service.

Kofinas Named Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Programs

Professor takes on new role in the Clark School.

Janiak Named Kauffman Fellow

Alumnus, former Fischell Fellow in prestigious venture capital program.

Kofinas, Wuttig Present Work on Magnetoelectrics in Korea

Professors attend workshop on multifunctional materials.

SafeLiCell Takes 2nd at Green Business Plan Competition

BioE undergrad's presentation on novel battery tech wins $10K.

Kofinas Featured on Bloomberg's "Planet Forward" TV Show

Watch: "Pursuing a Safer, Sustainable, Lithium Battery."

Department of Defense Supports Ayyub's Bioengineering Research

Graduate student wins National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

SafeLiCell Takes 2nd in $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge

Clark School-based company receives $15,000 to improve safety of lithium batteries.

Award Supports Development of Safer Batteries for Biomedical Devices

Sophomore Mian Khalid wins prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship for work with Kofinas Group.

Battery Team Heading for $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge Finals

Watch SafeLiCell pitch new venture based on safe, solid-state polymer electrolyte-based batteries.

2011-2012 BioE Undergraduate Awards

Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies.

Kofinas Appointed to Engaged Faculty

Professor nominated by students for NSF-sponsored program.

Systems Researchers Partner with Trento, Italy

Joint efforts to target bioengineering, renewable energy, nanomaterials, microsystems, education.

PolyVec Systems Dominates Business Plan Competition

Gene therapy carrier for breast cancer wins $45K, two divisions, Impact Award.

Record Year for NSF Fellowships

8 current and former BioE students receive awards, honorable mentions.

2010-2011 BioE Undergraduate Awards

Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies.

Gupta Wins Goldwater Scholarship; Paryavi Receives Honorable Mention

Students recognized for excellence in research.

Casey, Behrens Publish Work on Hemostatic Polymer in Biomacromolecules

Graduate student Brendan Casey also featured in recent issue of ScienceNews.

Casey Interviewed About Blood-Clotting Polymer

News articles highlight research presented at ACS Fall meeting.

BioE Offers New Online Master's Program

New flexible master's program offers working professionals entrance to high-demand discipline.

Kofinas Keystone Team Wins Spring 2010 Hovercraft Competition

WTTG Fox 5 broadcasts ENES 100 event live from the Kim Building.

BioE Students, Alumni Win Prizes at UM $75K Business Plan Competition

Aeramatics wins its division; CloudSolar recognized for social impact.

Ayyub Wins Outstanding ASPIRE Student Research Award

Senior recognized for work on polymer-based hydrogels.

Alumna Wins NSF-CAREER Award

Pinar Akcora will develop synthesis, processing methods for versatile nanocomposites.

Trauma Solutions Research Highlighted in Scientific American

National magazine features synthetic blood clotting technology.

Casey Named ARCS Fellow

Graduate student honored at Supreme Court event.

Kofinas Group Startup Named Finalist in $250K Business Plan Competition

Blood clotting, drug-delivering product chosen from thousands of international entrants.

Kofinas Group Wins 2nd Business Plan Competition

Haemechanics offers new blood-clotting, drug-delivering material.

Bentley, Kofinas Teams Are $75K Competition Finalists

Proposed new ventures include drug-screening, blood clotting inventions.

Behrens Wins Outstanding ASPIRE Student Research Award

Junior recognized for work in blood-coagulating hydrogels.

Undergraduate Publishes in Top Polymer Science Journal

Junior Omar Ayyub is second author of paper on MIP Hydrogels.

Fisher Named John and Maureen Hendricks Energy Research Fellow

Fellowship benefits Great Expectations campaign.

Akcora Joins Missouri Faculty

Alumna now an assistant professor of chemical engineering.

Kofinas on Food Safety at USDA Meeeting

Presents work on food pathogen detection using intelligent packaging.

Kofinas, Janiak Take 1st Place in Business Plan Competition

Intelligent Packaging Systems receives $15K for further development.

Bioengineering at Maryland Day

Hands-on activities help visitors explore and learn.

Kofinas, Janiak Win Outstanding Invention of the Year

Polymer-based dialysis system wins Life Sciences category.

Fu, Janiak Finalists in Annual $50K Business Plan Competition

Kofinas Group members submit bioengineering-themed concepts.

Company to Utilize Kofinas's, Janiak's MIPs Technology

Link Plus BioTech, Inc. also names Kofinas its CTO.

BioE Faculty Receive Cross-Disciplinary Seed Grants

Program facilitates collaboration between UMCP, UMB.

Nightly Business Report Segment Now Online

BioE faculty discuss nanotech’s role in food safety.

Kofinas Presents at the National Academy of Science

Invited talk covers nanotechnology solutions for agriculture.

Kofinas, Payne Interviewed for PBS’ Nightly Business Report

Professors explain nanotechnology's potential role in food safety.

Janiak Named 2007 Fischell Fellow

Student recognized for research, entrepreneurial spirit.

"Virus Sponge" Could Improve Flu Treatments

New discovery can filter a patient's blood in a process similar to dialysis.

Bradberry, Gifford, and Janiak Selected for Future Faculty Program

Program prepares graduate students for a career in academia.

Bioengineering Professors Recognized as Research Leaders

Kofinas and Sukharev honored at luncheon.

Polymer Symposium Showcases Student Research

Event promotes interaction between research groups.

No More Broken Antennas

Clark School engineers create flexible antenna material.

2 BIOE Faculty Named Keystone Professors

BIOE Professors Kenneth Kiger and Peter Kofinas named Keystone Professors.

Professor Kofinas Awarded Grant from the Air Force

Professor Peter Kofinas was recently awarded a single investigator grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.