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Kofinas, Peter

Kofinas, Peter

ChBE Professor and Chair
Fischell Fellow
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices
2113D Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building

Academic Appointments at the University of Maryland

  • Professor Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 7/2017 – present
  • Affiliate Appointments: Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Fischell Institue of Medical Devices
  • Professor Fischell Department of Bioengineering 7/2006 – 6/2017
  • Associate Professor Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 7/2002 - 6/2006
  • Associate Professor Materials Science and Engineering 7/2001 - 6/2002
  • Assistant Professor Materials Science and Engineering 8/1996 - 6/2001
Administrative Appointments at the University of Maryland
  • Chair Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 7/2017 - present
  • Associate Dean A James Clark School of Engineering 9/2012 – 9/2017
  • Associate Chair Fischell Department of Bioengineering 7/2006 - 8/2012
  • Director of Graduate Studies Fischell Department of Bioengineering 7/2006 - 8/2012
Other Employment
  • M.I.T., Cambridge, MA Post-Doc. Chemical Engineering 7/94 - 6/1996
Educational Background

Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (M.I.T.)     Cambridge, MA 

  • Ph.D.  Materials Science & Engineering  (Program in Polymer Science & Technology) 1994
  • M.S.  Chemical Engineering Practice 1989 
  • B.S.  Chemical Engineering 1989

Research Fellowships, Prizes and Awards

  • Senior Outstanding Research Award 2012, A. James Clark School of Engineering, U. of Maryland
  • Outstanding Invention of 2007, Office of Technology Commercialization, U. of Maryland
  • Outstanding Invention of 2001, Office of Technology Commercialization, U. of Maryland
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1999
Teaching Awards
  • Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program Mentor 2014-2015, Office of Undergraduate Studies, U. of Maryland
  • Engaged Faculty Award 2011, A. James Clark School of Engineering, U. of Maryland
  • University of Maryland “Keystone Professor”: The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors, 2005 –2012
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering, U. of Maryland, Junior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, 1999
Service Awards and Honors
  • Faculty Outstanding Service Award 2013, A. James Clark School of Engineering, U. of Maryland
Recent Synergistic Activities
  • Have mentored over 80 undergraduates in research
  • Have graduated 21 PhD students, 3 of my students have faculty positions
  • Symposium Organizer: E-MRS, Strasbourg France (5/2017), “Design and hierarchical assemblies of nanomaterials”
  • GEM Fellowship Representative U. of Maryland – STEM recruiting of Underrepresented Minority Students 2013-2017


Peter Kofinas is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (since July 2017) at the University of Maryland (UMD). He been a faculty at UMD since 1996. He was previously appointed Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Graduate Programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, where he also served as Equity Officer and Diversity Officer. Dr. Kofinas holds Affiliate Appointments in the Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering Departments.

Dr. Kofinas received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1989, and a PhD in the field of Polymers from MIT in 1994. He was then trained as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT for 2 years before joining the faculty at UMD in 1996.

Dr. Kofinas directs The Functional Macromolecular Laboratory (FML) at UMD, http://fml.umd.edu/. This laboratory performs research on functional polymers for a variety of technological fields ranging from medicine and pharmaceutics to energy storage and microelectronics. Kofinas works in the synthesis and structure-properties characterization of complex polymer architectures, focusing on the determination of their structure function and properties. Present problems of interest include: polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries; additive manufacturing of functional magnetodielectric polymer nanocomposites for printed electronics; near-term translational polymer based biomaterials with an emphasis on clinical application and biomedical devices such as sprayable surgical materials for the treatment of adhesions and for burn wounds; biosensors for the detection of pathogens using structural color; point-of-care medical device diagnostics.

Professor Kofinas has graduated 23 PhD students, 3 of whom have secured tenured track academic positions.  He has also graduated 9 MS Thesis students and has mentored over 100 undergraduate and high school students in research projects in his laboratory. Dr. Kofinas entrepreneurial activities include the founding of startup companies, which have been recognized by the receipt of the Outstanding Invention of the Year award twice from the University of Maryland.

Professor Kofinas has received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and has been awarded the Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching award, the Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Award, and the Faculty Outstanding Service Award from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Professor Kofinas was awarded the endowed Keystone Professorship for his exemplary undergraduate teaching skills and commitment to excellence in teaching fundamental engineering courses. Dr. Kofinas has also received the Engaged Faculty Award, from the Clark School of Engineering, U. of Maryland.

  • Biodegradable and Therapeutic Polymer Surgical Sealant for Treatment of Postoperative Adhesions
  • Safe high performance  polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries
  • Additively manufactured polymer nanoparticle composites for printable electronics
  • Synthetic functional polymer hydrogel for hemorrhage control
  • Point of care diagnostics for hyperammonemia and aminoacidopathies
  • Reagentless thin film nanostructured biosensor for pathogen detection

For more information, please visit fml.umd.edu



CHBE457 Design and Processing of Polymers for Biomedical Devices

CHBE 301 Chemica & Biomolecular Engineering Thermodynamics I

104. “Polymer nanomaterials for use as adjuvant surgical tools” M. Erdi, A. Sandler, and Peter Kofinas Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, e1889, 2023.

DOI: 10.1002/wnan.1889


103.”Highly conductive polyacrylonitrile-based hybrid aqueous/ionic liquid solid polymer electrolytes with tunable passivation for Li-ion batteries” K.B. Ludwig, R. Correll-Brown, M. Freidlin, M.N. Garaga, S. Bhattacharyya, P.M. Gonzales, A.V. Cresce, S. Greenbaum, C.S. Wang, and Peter Kofinas. Electrochimica Acta, (453) 142349, 2023.

DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2023.142349


102. “Controlled Release of a Therapeutic Peptide in Sprayable Surgical Sealant for Prevention of Postoperative Abdominal Adhesions” M. Erdi, M. Saruwatari, S. Rozyyev, C. Acha, O.B. Ayyub, A. Sandler, and P. Kofinas. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 15, 14809-14098, 2023.  DOI: 10.1021/acsami.3c00283


101. “3D-Printed Microinjection Needle Arrays via a Hybrid DLP-Direct Laser Writing Strategy”

S. Sarker, A. Colton, Z. Wen, X. Xu, M. Erdi, A. Jones, P. Kofinas, E. Tubaldi, P. Walczak, M. Janowski, Y. Liang, R. D. Sochol. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2201641, 2023.

DOI: 10.1002/admt.202201641


100. Phosphate Capture Enhancement Using Designed Iron Oxide-Based Nanostructures”

P.D. Ramirez, C. Lee, R. Fedderwitz, A.R. Clavijo, D.P.P. Barbosa, M. Julliot, J. Vaz-Ramos, D. Begin, S. Le Calvé, A. Zaloszyc, P. Choquet, M.A.G. Soler, D. Mertz, P. Kofinas, Y. Piao, S. Begin-Colin Nanomaterials 13, 587, 2023. DOI:10.3390/nano13030587


99. “Sprayable Tissue Adhesive with Biodegradation Tuned for Prevention of Post-Operative Abdominal Adhesions” M. Erdi, S. Rozyyev, M. Balabhadrapatruni, M.S. Saruwatari, J.L. Daristotle, O.B. Ayyub, A.D. Sandler, and P. KofinasBioengineering & Translational Medicine

 e10335, 2022. DOI:10.1002/btm2.10335     PMC9842025


98. “Evaluation of Healing Outcomes Combining A Novel Polymer Formulation with Autologous Skin Cell Suspension to Treat Deep Partial and Full Thickness Wounds in a Porcine Model; A Pilot Study” B.C. Carney, M.A. Oliver, M. Erdi, L.D. Kirkpatrick, S.P. Tranchina, S. Rozyyev, J. W Keyloun, M.S. Saruwatari, J.L. Daristotle, L.T. Moffatt, P. Kofinas, A.D. Sandler, J.W. Shupp

Burns 48(8), 1950-1965, 2022.                      DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2022.01.012     PMC9300815


97. “Aqueous electrolyte design for super-stable 2.5 V LiMn2O4 || Li4Ti5O12 pouch cells” J. Xu, X.Ji, J. Zhang, C. Yang, P. Wang, S. Liu, K. Ludwig, F. Chen, P. Kofinas, C.S. Wang, Nature Energy, 7, 186-193 2022.  DOI: 10.1038/s41560-021-00977-5


96. “Biodegradable, tissue adhesive polyester blend for safe, complete wound healing” 

J.L. Daristotle,L. Lau, S. Zaki, M. Erdi, P. Srinivasan, M. Balabhadrapatruni,

O.B. Ayyub, A.D. Sandler, and P. Kofinas, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering (8), 3908-3916 2021. DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c00865                 PMID 34323468          PMC8594560


95. “Microwave-assisted preparation of carbon coating layer on raspberry-shaped iron oxide particles for lithium-ion battery anodes” J.M. Kim, Y. Cho, C. Koo, C. Lee, P.D. Ramirez, D. Ko, J. Oh, S. Park, P. Kofinas, S. Begin-Colin, Y. Piao, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 115520, 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2021.115520


94. “Fully printed resonance-free broadband conical inductors using engineered magnetic inks”

C. Yi, R. Fedderwitz, D. Park, C. Ding, G-Q. Lu, J. Fleischer, P. Li, P. Kofinas, S. Das, D. R. Hines, Additive Manufacturing, 44, 102034, 2021.  DOI: 10.1016/j.addma.2021.102034


93. “Water Domain Enabled Transport in Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion Batteries” M.D. Widstrom, O. Borodin, K.B. Ludwig, J.E. Matthews, S. Bhattacharyya, M. Garaga, A.V. Cresce, A. Jarry, M. Erdi, C. Wang, S.G. Greenbaum, and P. Kofinas,  Macromolecules, 54, 2882−2891, 2021.   DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.0c01960


92. “Enabling high performance all-solid-state lithium metal batteries using solid polymer electrolytes plasticized with ionic liquid” M.D. Widstrom, K.B. Ludwig, J.E. Matthews, A. Jarry, M. Erdi, A.V. Cresce, G. Rubloff, and P. Kofinas Electrochimica Acta, 136156, 2020.    

DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2020.136156


91. “Pressure-Sensitive Tissue Adhesion and Biodegradation of Viscoelastic Polymer Blends”

J.L. Daristotle, S.T. Zaki, L.W. Lau, O.B. Ayyub, M. Djouini, P. Srinivasan, M. Erdi, A.D. Sandler, and P. Kofinas, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 12(14), 16050-16057, 2020.

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c00497  PMID: 32191429  PMCID: PMC7271901.


90. “Sprayable and biodegradable, intrinsically adhesive wound dressing with antimicrobial properties”, J.L. Daristotle, L.W. Lau, M. Erdi, J. Hunter, A. Djoum Jr, P. Srinivasan, X. Wu, M. Basu, O.B. Ayyub, A.D. Sandler, and P. Kofinas, Bioengineering and Translational Medicine, 5(1), e10149, 2020.             DOI:10.1002/btm2.10149  PMID: 31989038  PMCID: PMC6971445.


89. “Rapid and Tunable Method to Fabricate Angle-Independent and Transferable Structurally Colored Films”, L. Torres Jr, A. Margaronis, B.M. Bellato Meinhardt, L. Granzow, O.B. Ayyub, and P. Kofinas, Langmuir, 36(5), 1252-1257, 2020.

DOI:10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b03516  PMID: 31961697.


88. “Hybrid 3D Printing of Synthetic and Cell-Laden Bioinks for Shape Retaining Soft Tissue Grafts”, S. Van Belleghem, L. Torres Jr, M. Santoro, B. Mahadik, A. Wolf, P. Kofinas, J.P. Fisher, Advanced Functional Materials,1907145, 2019.

DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201907145          PMID: 33041744  PMCID: PMC7546434.


87. “Structurally colored protease responsive nanoparticle hydrogels with degradation-directed assembly”, L. Torres Jr,  J.L. Daristotle, O.B. Ayyub, B.M. Bellato Meinhardt, H. Garimella, A. Margaronis, S. Seifert, N.M. Bedford,T.J. Woehl, and P. Kofinas,

Nanoscale, 11, 17904-17912, 2019.              DOI:10.1039/C9NR04624K PMID: 31552983


86. “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. Srinivasan, O.B. Ayyub, A.D. Sandler, and P. Kofinas  Acta Biomaterialia,  90, 205-216, 2019.

DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2019.04.015    PMID: 30954624 PMCID: PMC6549514


85. “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


84.  “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


83. “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


82.A magnetically recoverable photocatalyst prepared by supporting TiO2 nanoparticles on a superparamagnetic iron oxide nanocluster core@fibrous silica shell nanocomposite”

B. Seo, C. Lee, D. Yoo, P. Kofinas, Y. Piao.

Royal Society of Chemistry Advances 7, 9587, 2017.                       DOI: 10.1039/c6ra27907d


81. “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            PMID: 27956071          PMCID: PMC5459684


80. “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          PMID: 27966857         PMCID: PMC5673076


79. “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           


78. “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


77. “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          PMID: 27121660         PMCID: PMC4963247


76. “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


75. “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. KofinasAdvanced Materials, 27, 8056–8061, 2015.

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201503691         PMID: 26554545         PMCID: PMC4961426


74. “Enzyme Induced Degradation Stiffening in Hydrogels with Structural Color”

O.B. Ayyub, and P KofinasACS Nano, 9 (8), 8004–8011, 2015.

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b01514        PMID: 26196060         PMCID:PMC6209446


73. “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


72. “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


71. “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


70.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.


69. “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


68. “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.



67. “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


66. “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


65. “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


64.  “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


63. “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


62. “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


61. “Block Copolymer Electrolyte with Sulfur Based Ionic Liquid for Lithium Batteries”

A. Fisher, M.B. Khalid, and P. Kofinas.  Journal of the Electrochemical Society,

159(12) A2124-A2129, 2012.            DOI:10.1149/2.066212jes


60. “Structure investigation of poly((2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)/sodium dodecylsulfate complexes in concentrated poly((2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) solutions using small angle neutron scattering” W. Lee, P. Kofinas, and R.M. Briber.

Polymer, 53(14), 2942-2948, 2012.                                       DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2012.04.052


59. “Effect of Thiol Pendant Conjugates on Plasmid DNA Binding, Release, and Stability of Polymeric Delivery Vectors” I. Bacalocostantis, V. Mane, M. Kang M., A. Goodley, S. Muro,  and P. Kofinas. Biomacromolecules, 13, 1331−1339, 2012.

DOI:10.1021/bm3004786       PMID: 22515194


58. “Rapid Modular Synthesis and Processing of Thiol-Ene Functionalized Styrene-Butadiene Block Copolymers” J.S. Silverstein, B.J. Casey, M.E. Natoli, B.J. Dair, and P. Kofinas. Macromolecules, 45(7), 3161−3167, 2012.                                     DOI: 10.1021/ma300304h


57. “Virus-Assembled Flexible Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces for Enhanced Polymer-Based Battery Applications” A. Ghosh, J. Guo, A.D. Brown, E. Royston, C.S. Wang, P. Kofinas, and J.N. Culver. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2012(795892), 2012.   

DOI: 10.1155/2012/795892


56. “Anion Effects on Solid Polymer Electrolytes containing Sulfur Based Ionic Liquid for Lithium Batteries” A. Fisher, M.B. Khalid, M. Widstrom, and P. Kofinas.

Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 159(5), A593-A597, 2012.

DOI: 10.1149/2.089205jes


55. “Dry Polymer/Sulfur-Based Ionic Liquid Hybrid Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries”, A. Fisher, M.B. Khalid, M. Widstrom, and P. Kofinas.  Electrochemical Society Transactions,

41(11) 77-83, 2012.                DOI: 10.1149/1.3687393


54. “Color Changing Block Copolymer Films for Chemical Sensing of Simple Sugars”

O.B. Ayyub, J.W. Sekowski, T-I Yang, X. Zhang, R. Briber, and P. Kofinas.

Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 28, 349– 354, 2011.

DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2011.07.043       PMID: 21820888.


53. “Dry Polymer Electrolytes With Sulfur Based Ionic Liquid for Lithium Batteries” A.S. Fisher, M.B. Khalid, M. Widstrom, and P. Kofinas. J. of Power Sources, 196, 9767– 9773, 2011.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2011.07.081


52. “Controlled synthesis of core–shell iron–silica nanoparticles and their magneto-dielectric properties in polymer composites”

T-I Yang, R.N.C. Brown, L. C. Kempel, and P. Kofinas. Nanotechnology, 22,105601, 2011.

DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/22/10/105601        PMID: 21289404


51. “FVII Dependent Coagulation Activation in Citrated Plasma by Polymer Hydrogels”

B.J. Casey, A.M. Behrens, J. Hess, Z. J. Wu, B. Griffith, and P. Kofinas.

Biomacromolecules, 11, 3248–3255, 2010.

DOI: 10.1021/bm101147w     PMID: 21058718


50. “Small angle neutron scattering study of deuterated sodium dodecylsulfate micellization in dilute poly((2–dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) solutions”

W. Lee, P. Kofinas, and R.M. Briber. Polymer, 51, 2872-2878, 2010. DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2010.04.018


49. “Imprinted Polymer Hydrogels for the Separation of Viruses” L. D. Bolisay, and P. Kofinas, Macromolecular Symposia, 291–292, 302–306, 2010.       

DOI: 10.1002/masy.201050535


48. “Block Copolymer Solid Battery Electrolyte with High Li-ion Transference Number” A. Ghosh, C. Wang, and P. KofinasJ. Electrochemical Society, 157(7), A846-A849, 2010.

DOI: 10.1149/1.3428710


47. “Surfactant-modified Nickel Zinc Iron Oxide / Polymer Nanocomposites for Radio Frequency Applications” T-I Yang, L. Kempel, and P. Kofinas

Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12(8), 2967, 2010.         

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-010-9887-4


46. “Effects of Charge Density on the Recognition Properties of Molecularly Imprinted Polyampholyte Hydrogels” D.S. Janiak,  O.B. Ayyub, and P. Kofinas.  

Polymer, 51, 665–670, 2010.                        

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2009.12.022


45. “Effects of Charge Density on the Recognition Properties of Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Hydrogels” D.S. Janiak, O.B. Ayyub, and P. Kofinas.

Macromolecules, 42(5), 1703–1709, 2009.                          

DOI: 10.1021/ma8027722


44. “Oxidation Effect on Templating of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles within Block Copolymers”

P. Akcora, R.M. Briber, and P. Kofinas.

Polymer, 50(5), 1223-1227, 2009.                            

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2009.01.020


43. “Block Copolymer Nanotemplating of Tobacco Mosaic and Tobacco Necrosis Viruses”

A.V. Cresce, J.N. Culver, W.E. Bentley, and P. Kofinas.

Acta Biomaterialia, 5(3), 893–902, 2009.                 

DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2008.10.013    PMID: 19010745


42. “Effect of complexation conditions on xanthan-chitosan polyelectrolyte complex gels”

S. Argin-Soysal, P. Kofinas, and Y.M. Lo. Food Hydrocolloids, 23, 202–209, 2009.

DOI: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2007.12.011.


41. “Magneto-dielectric Properties of Polymer-Fe3O4 Nanocomposites”

T-I Yang, R.N. Brown, L.C. Kempel, and P. Kofinas.

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 320, 2714–2720, 2008.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2008.06.008


40. “PEO based Block Copolymer as Solid State Lithium Battery Electrolyte”

A. Ghosh, and P. Kofinas. Electrochemical Society Transactions, 11(29), 131-137, 2008.

DOI: 10.1149/1.2938916


39. “Nanostructured Block Copolymer Dry Electrolyte”  A. Ghosh, and P. Kofinas.

J. Electrochemical Society, 155(6) A428-A431, 2008.                     

DOI: 10.1149/1.2901905


38. “Self-assembly of virus-structured high surface area nanomaterials and their application as battery electrodes” E. Royston, A. Ghosh, P. Kofinas, M.T. Harrris, and J.N. Culver.

Langmuir, 24(3); 906-912, 2008.                                           

DOI: 10.1021/la7016424        PMID: 18154364


37. “Selective binding of Carcinoembryonic Antigen Using Polymeric Hydrogels”

B.J. Casey, and P. Kofinas. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 87A(2), 359-363, 2008.

DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.31757     PMID: 18181111


36. “Towards oriented assembly of proteins onto magnetic nanoparticles”

C-W Hung, T. Holoman, P. Kofinas, and W.E. Bentley.

Biochemical Engineering Journal, 38(2), 164-170, 2008.

DOI: 10.1016/j.bej.2007.06.017


35. “Optimization of Virus Imprinting Methods to Improve Selectivity and Reduce Non-Specific Binding” L.D. Bolisay, J.N. Culver, and P. Kofinas.

Biomacromolecules, 8(12), 3893–3899, 2007.

DOI: 10.1021/bm/7008526     PMID: 17999463


34. “Molecular Imprinting of Peptides and Proteins in Aqueous Media”

D. S. Janiak, and P. Kofinas. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 389(2), 399-404, 2007.

DOI: 10.1007/s00216-007-1327-7     PMID: 17505819


33. “Dielectric Properties of Polymer Nanoparticle Composites”

T-I Yang, and P. Kofinas.

Polymer, 48, 791-798, 2007.

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2006.12.030


32. “Nanopatterning of Recombinant Proteins Using Block Copolymer Templates”

A.V. Cresce, J.S. Silverstein, W.E. Bentley, and P. Kofinas

Macromolecules, 39(17), 5826-5829, 2006. 

DOI: 10.1021/ma0608830


31. “Molecular Imprinted Polymers for Tobacco Mosaic Virus Recognition”

L.D. Bolisay, J.N. Culver, and P. Kofinas. Biomaterials, 27(22), 4165-4168, 2006.

DOI:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2006.03.018       PMID: 16574216


30.  “TEM Characterization of Diblock Copolymer Templated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Bulk Solution and Thin Film Surface Doping Approach” P. Akcora, R.M. Briber, and P. Kofinas. Polymer, 47(6), 2018-2022, 2006.               

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2006.01.064


29.  “Magnetic and structural characterization of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles encapsulated within block copolymer films” G.C. Papaefthymiou,  S.R. Ahmed,  P. Kofinas.

Reviews on Advanced Materials Science, 10(4): 306-313 Sp. Iss. SI, Oct 2005


28. “Characterization of Network Morphology in Anion Binding Hydrogels Used for Wastewater Remediation” D.R. Kioussis, and P. Kofinas. Polymer, 46(23), 10167-10172, 2005.

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2005.07.084


27. “Characterization of Anion Diffusion in  Polymer Hydrogels Used for Wastewater Remediation” D.R. Kioussis, and P. Kofinas. Polymer, 46(22), 9342-9347, 2005.

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2005.07.045


26. “Structural and magnetic characterization of norbornene-deuterated norbornene dicarboxylic acid diblock copolymers doped with iron oxide nanoparticles” P. Akcora, X. Zhang, B.Varughese, R.M. Briber, and P. Kofinas. Polymer, 46(14), 5194-5201, 2005.

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2005.04.026


25. “Magnetic properties and morphology of diblock copolymer templated ferrimagnetic cobalt oxide nanoparticles” S.R. Ahmed, and P. Kofinas.

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 288C, 219-223, 2005.        

DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2004.09.009


24. “Nanoscale Battery Materials Based on the Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers”

S.E. Bullock, and P. Kofinas. Journal of Power Sources, 132, 256-260, 2004.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2003.12.045


23. “Synthesis of an A/B/C Triblock Copolymer for Battery Materials Applications”

S.E. Bullock, and P. Kofinas. Macromolecules, 37(5), 1783-1786, 2004.

DOI: 10.1021/ma035668n


22. “Biomimetic Glucose Recognition Using Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Hydrogels” P. Parmpi, and P. KofinasBiomaterials, 25(10), 1969-1973, 2004.

DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2003.08.025


21. “Polydispersity Control in Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Amphiphilic Norbornene Diblock Copolymers” S.R. Ahmed, S.E. Bullock, A.V. Cresce, and P. Kofinas. Polymer, 44(16), 4943-4948, 2003.                         DOI: 10.1016/S0032-3861(03)00487-7


20. “Magnetic Properties and Morphology of Block Copolymer Templated Ferrrimagnetic CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles” S.R. Ahmed, S.B. Ogale, and P. Kofinas.

IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 39(5), 2198-2200, 2003.  DOI:10.1108/TMAG.2003.817074


19. “Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO Nanostructures Templated Using Diblock Copolymers” R.F. Mulligan, A.A. Illiadis, and P. Kofinas.

Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 89(4), 1058-1061, 2003.         DOI: 10.1002/app.12250


18. “Reactive phosphorus removal from aquaculture and poultry productions systems using polymeric hydrogels”  P. Kofinas, D.R. Kioussis. Environmental Science and Technology, 37(2), 423-427, 2003.                                                                              DOI: 10.1021/es025950u


17. “Controlled Room Temperature Synthesis of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles Through a Block Copolymer Nanoreactor Route”

S.R. Ahmed, and P. KofinasMacromolecules, 35(9), 3338-3341, 2002.

DOI: 10.1021/ma011797x


16. “Magnetic properties of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized through a block copolymer nanoreactor route” S.R. Ahmed, S.B. Ogale, G. Papaefthymiou, R. Ramesh, and P. Kofinas.

Applied Physics Letters, 80(9), 1616-1618, 2002.                             DOI: 10.1063/1.1456258


15. “Properties of self-assembled ZnO nanostructures”

H.A. Ali, A.V. Cresce, A.A. Iliadis, P. Kofinas, U. Lee.

Solid State Electronics, 46(10), 1639-1642, 2002.    DOI: 10.1016/S0038-1101(02)00118-1


14. “Molecularly imprinted polymer hydrogels displaying isomerically resolved glucose binding” W.W. Wizeman, and P. KofinasBiomaterials, 22(12), 1485-1491, 2001.      

DOI:10.1016/S0142-9612(00)00303-3          PMID: 11374447


13. “Path Dependent Microstructure Orientation During Plane Strain Compression of Semicrystalline Block Copolymers” P.L. Drzal, J.D. Barnes, and P. Kofinas.

Polymer, 42(13), 5633-5642, 2001.                           DOI: 10.1016/S0032-3861(00)00864-8


12. “Ammonium perchlorate binding poly(allyl amine hydrochloride) hydrogels for wastewater remediation” D.R. Kioussis, D.F. Smith, and P. Kofinas.

Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 80(11), 2073-2083, 2001.       DOI:10.1002/app.1307


11. “Reactive nitrogen and phosphorus removal from aquaculture wastewater effluents using polymer hydrogels” D.R. Kioussis, F.W. Wheaton, and P. Kofinas.

Aquacultural Engineering, 23(4), 315-332, 2000.      DOI:10.1016/S0144-8609(00)00058-3


10. “Microstructure Orientation and Nanoporous Gas Transport in Semicrystalline Block Copolymer Membranes” P.L. Drzal, A.F. Halasa, and P. Kofinas.

Polymer, 41(12), 4671-4677, 2000.               DOI:10.1016/S0032-3861(99)00652-7


9. “Phosphate Binding Polymeric Hydrogels for Aquaculture Wastewater Remediation” D.R. Kioussis, F.W. Wheaton, and P. Kofinas. Aquacultural Engineering, 19(3), 163-178, 1999.



8. “Orientation Texture and Gas Transport in Semicrystalline Block Copolymer Blends” 

P. Kofinas, P.L. Drzal, A.F. Halasa. Rubber Chemistry and Technology, 72(5), 918-928, 1999.


7. “Development of Methods for Quantitative Characterization of Network Morphology in Pharmaceutical Hydrogels” P. Kofinas, and R.E. Cohen.

Biomaterials, 18(20), 1361-1369, 1997.         DOI: 10.1016/S0142-9612(97)00077-X


6. “Hydrogels Prepared by Electron Irradiation of Poly(Ethylene Oxide) in Water Solution: Unexpected Dependence of Cross-Link Density and of Protein Diffusion Coefficients on Initial PEO Molecular Weight” P. Kofinas, V. Athanassiou, and E.W. Merrill.  Biomaterials, 17(15), 1547-1550, 1996.         DOI:10.1016/0142-9612(96)89781-X                  PMID:8853127


5. “Melt Processing of Semicrystalline E/EP/E Triblock Copolymers Near the Order-Disorder Transition” P. Kofinas, and R.E. Cohen. Macromolecules, 28(1), 336-343, 1995.

DOI: 10.1021/ma00105a047


4. “Morphology of Highly Textured Ethylene / Ethylene-Propylene (E / EP) Semicrystalline Block Copolymers” P. Kofinas, and R.E. Cohen. Macromolecules, 27(11), 3002-3008, 1994.

DOI: 10.1021/ma00089a016

3. “Gas Permeability of E / EP Semicrystalline Diblock Copolymers” P. Kofinas and R.E. Cohen, A.F. Halasa. Polymer, 35(6), 1229-1235, 1994.                  DOI:10.1016/0032-3861(94)90016-7


2. “Path Dependent Morphologies of a Diblock Copolymer of Polystyrene  Hydrogenated Polybutadiene” R.E. Cohen, P.L. Cheng, K. Douzinas, P. Kofinas, and C.V. Berney.

Macromolecules, 23(1), 324-327, 1990.                                            DOI: 10.1021/ma00203a055


1. “A Reexamination of Single-Chain Scattering in Heterogeneous Block Copolymers”

C.V. Berney, P. Kofinas, and R.E. Cohen, Polymer Communications, 27(11), 330-331, 1986.


Engineers Create Solutions for a Crisis

Labs Pivot to Produce, Distribute Hand Sanitizer, Surgical Masks

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.