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Nicholas L. Abbott

Tisch University Professor

Nicholas L. Abbott

Olin Hall, Room 214

Educational Background

  • Postdoc, Harvard University
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BE, University of Adelaide, Australia



Research in the Abbott Lab interests revolve around colloidal and interfacial phenomena. They span fundamental issues related to the origins of colloidal interactions through to the application of chemically tailored interfaces in chemical and biological sensors, biomedical devices and separations processes. His research group has designed and synthesized a range of surfactants that incorporate molecular triggers (redox-active and light-sensitive groups) that permit reversible control of surfactant-based properties of aqueous systems. They are exploring their use in separations processes, solar energy harvesting devices, and for the delivery of biomolecules to cells.


  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Graduate Fields

  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology


  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering