Current research areas and interests include:
- Self-organization of polymer networks with multiple types of coexisting bonds (synthesis, characterization, mechanics, applications),
- Experimental approaches to liquid-liquid phase separation of polymers and biopolymers (thermodynamics and kinetics),
- Understanding the structure-function relationship of amorphous biological materials (e.g. marine bivalve byssus).
Short Curriculum Vitae
Emmanouela Filippidi received her B.S. in Engineering with a focus in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard University (2005). It was during this time that she was introduced to research in the laboratory of Prof. David Weitz. She then proceeded to obtain a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University (2007) working on the directed assembly of reconstituted silk, which in turn fuelled her desire to learn about the physics of directed- and self-assembly. She completed her Ph.D. in (Soft Matter) Physics at New York University in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. David Pine on the shear-induced organization of colloids, and proceeded for a postdoc to the University of California, Santa Barbara where she worked on mussel adhesion and mussel-inspired dually-bonded polymer networks. She moved to Europe in 2019, as a shared postdoc between the experimental group of Prof. Tony Hyman (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics) and the theoretical group of Prof. Frank Jülicher (MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems) studying peptide phase separation. In 2020, she will be joining the Department of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Crete as an Assistant Professor.
Selected Recent Publications
- T.R. Cristiani, E. Filippidi, R.L. Behrens, M.T. Valentine, C.D. Eisenbach "Tailoring toughness of elastomers by incorporating ionic crosslinking", Macromolecules , accepted (2020)
- E. Filippidi, T.R. Cristiani, C.D. Eisenbach, J.H. Waite, J.N. Israelachvili, B.K. Ahn, M.T. Valentine "Toughening elastomers using mussel-inspired iron-catechol complexes", Science 358, 502-505 (2017).
- M.H. Wilhelm, E. Filippidi, J.H. Waite, M.T. Valentine "Influence of multi-cycle loading on the structure and mechanics of marine mussel plaques", Soft Matter , (2017).
- S. Seo, D.W. Lee, J.S. Ahn, K. Cunha, E. Filippidi, S.W. Ju, E. Shin, B.-S. Kim, Z.A. Levine, R.D. Lins, J.N. Israelachvili, J.H. Waite, M.T. Valentine, J.E. Shea, B.K. Ahn "Significant Performance Enhancement of Polymer Resins by Bioinspired Dynamic Bonding", Advanced Materials , (2017).
- E. Filippidi, D.G. DeMartini, P. Malo de Molina, E.W. Danner, J.Kim, M.E. Helgeson, J.H. Waite, M.T. Valentine "The microscopic network structure of mussel (Mytilus) adhesive plaques", Journal of The Royal Society Interface 12, (2015) 20150827.