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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Biological Science Faculty Member

Dr. Steven Lenhert

  • Office: 239 Biology Unit I
  • Office: (850) 645-9401
  • Lab: 221C,D Biology Unit I
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Dr. Steven  Lenhert

Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Muenster, 2004
Graduate Faculty Status

Lenhert Research Group Home Page
Integrative NanoScience Institute Home Page

Research and Professional Interests:

My field of research is nanobiotechnology, which involves the application of nanoscience and biology to solve technological problems. Nanoscience is a highly interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand how a material's properties change as its size is changed at length scales between the molecular scale and the macroscale. The integration of nanomaterials into functional devices is crucial for the development of technological applications of nanoscience, i.e. nanotechnology, and is an active area of my research. Biology provides an inspiration for nanoscience, with a living cell demonstrating some of the ultimate capabilities of miniaturization and integration of nanomaterials. Specifically, I am exploring a new sub-field of nanobiotechnology that I call lipid nanotechnology. This involves the fabrication, characterization and application of nano- and micro-structures composed of lipids. My research group creates these structures by advancing novel methods in nanofabrication including lipid dip-pen nanolithography and a new printing method that I've invented at FSU and named "nanointaglio." As a major biological function of lipids is compartmentalization, I seek to recreate that function in synthetic environments for applications in biosensing and high throughput screening.

Selected Publications:

Lowry, T. W., Kusi-Appiah, A., Van Winkle, D. H., Davidson, D. W., & Lenhert, S. J. (2014). Materials Integration by Nanointaglio. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 1, 1300127 1-5.

Kusi-Appiah, A. E., Vafai, N., Cranfill, P. J., Davidson, M. W., & Lenhert, S. (2012). Lipid multilayer microarrays for in vitro liposomal drug delivery and screening. Biomaterials, 33(16), 4187-4194.

Nafday, O. A., Lowry, T. W., & Lenhert, S. (2012). Multifunctional lipid multilayer stamping. Small, 8(7), 1021-1028.

Nafday, O. A., & Lenhert, S. (2011). High-throughput optical quality control of phospholipid multilayer faberication by dip-pen nanolithography (DPN). Nanotechnology, 2, 1-7.

Lenhert, S., F. Brinkmann, T. Laue, S. Walheim, C. Vannahme, S. Klinkhammer, M. Xu, S. Sekula, T. Mappes, T. Schimmel, and H. Fuchs. 2010. Lipid multilayer gratings. Nature Nanotechnology 5:275-279.

Complete Publication List

Postdoctoral Associates:

Kusi-Appiah, Aubrey
Lowry, Troy

Graduate Students:

Vafai, Nicholas

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