The Lara Estroff Research Group
Making Bio-Inspiration Crystal Clear

The Estroff group is interested in bio-inspired materials synthesis. Biological organisms synthesize composites of inorganic minerals within organic matrices as part of their skeletal systems (Figure 1). As materials scientists, we can learn strategies from biology to create new materials (organic and inorganic) with altered morphologies and materials properties. We can also design in vitro systems to answer questions from biology. The work in the Estroff group takes both of these approaches. Below see some images of diatoms found from streams near our lab!

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Figure 1. Examples of biomineralization (from left to right): Gorgonian (Mg-rich calcite); Corallina algae (Mg-rich calcite); Brittle star (Mg-rich calcite).


Recent Awards

Congratulations to Abby for placing SECOND in the CCMR Microscopy Image contest!

Senior Thesis 2013: Congratulations to Allison winning First Place for her senior thesis poster.

CCMR Microscopy Image Contest, Spring 2011: Congratulations to Amy for winning FIRST PLACE in the biological SEM category.

10th International Conference of the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues, 2010:
Congratulations to Debra for winning the award for young investigator with the best poster of the session.

CCMR Microscopy Image Contest, Spring 2010: Congratulations to Zhi for winning FIRST PLACE in the optical image category. Please see more details from the link.

MRS Spring 2009 Best Poster: Congratulations to Ellen for winning a Best Poster Award at the MRS Spring 2009. Ellen's motto: "More pictures, less words"

Click here to see past awards

Group News

03/2016: Estroff awarded major grant with Fischbach, Addadi, and Fratzl.

11/2016: Professor Estroff gives a featured talk honoring her PhD Advisor, Andrew Hamilton

05/16: Congratulations to Alyssa, Jeremy, and Meredith on their graduation Congratulations to Abby and Alex on passing their A Exam

Congratulations to Fei on completing her B Exam!

Estroff Group work in the Chronicle

12/2015 Estroff Group Work Featured in Cornell Chronicle

7/2015: Professor Estroff Chairs Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Growth and Assembly

6/2015: Congratulations to Emily and Allessandra on graduating!

NPR Radio on Rock Munching Mollusks: Hear Lara Estroff's commentary of work by Derk Joester at Northwestern

Jason's article from "Ask A Scientist": Under normal use candle wax can become a vapor

Jason's article from "Ask A Scientist": Variety of chemicals in hair relaxers untwist strands

Jason's article from "Ask A Scientist": Motor oil's low vapor pressure keeps paint wet

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