Lauren Zarzar

Lauren Zarzar

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  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
436 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-1316

Mailing Address:
104 Chemistry Building



  1. B.A. in Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  2. B.S. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  3. Ph.D. in Chemistry, Harvard University
  4. Postdoctoral Associate, MIT

Honors and Awards:

  1. Army Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  2. Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Award
  3. 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
  4. Gladys Snyder Award
  5. Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker, Jr. Faculty Fellowship
  6. NSF and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship
  7. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
  8. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  9. American Chemical Society AkzoNobel Student Award in Applied Polymer Science

Selected Publications:

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Dynamic materials that sense and adapt to their surroundings are primed to be integral components of future technologies. Such systems often require precise chemo-mechanical coordination between multiple materials working cooperatively in order to achieve the proper functionality. Therefore, in addition to the exploration of novel mechanisms coupling these chemical and mechanical cues, it will also be critical to develop prototyping approaches that facilitate the integration of a myriad of materials, especially at nano and micrometer length scales. In the Zarzar Lab, we explore a multitude of platforms including both hard and soft materials. For example, we study: direct laser writing of polymers, metals, and oxides for 2D and 3D nano/microscale patterning; dynamically reconfigurable soft materials, such as emulsions and polymers, with functions such as tunable lenses, sensors, and triggered release.

Research Topics

Active matter, actuators, sensors, direct laser writing, multiphoton lithography, additive manufacturing, emulsions, complex fluids, hydrogels, responsive systems

Research Interests:

Materials and Nanoscience

Responsive materials, polymers, nanomaterials, colloids, laser lithography


Hydrogels, responsive materials