Our lab works at the interface of materials science, nanotechnology and biology to understand and harness multiscale behavior from the nano to the macro scales.


2021: Can squids and silkworms come together? Eumelanin and silk fibroin composites to form bioelectronics ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. A collaboration with the 3Bs Institute at the University of Minho, Portugal



News: Proud of group alumni who are now running their own independent labs as Assistant Professors!
Dr. Congzhou Wang @ SDSMT, South Dakota and Dr. Ramendra Pal @ BITS Hyderabad


2021: Flexible and biodegradable temperature sensors using silk lithography is online at ACS Applied Electronic Materials. This article is part of the Forum on Wearable and Biodegradable Sensors.


2020: Our work on kirigami inspired designs for functional silk sheets is online at ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces


2019: Our work on fully integrated organic biosensors is now online in Frontiers in Materials


2019: Our work on making flexible microstructured films using chitin is now online in Journal of Materials Chemistry B


2019: Collaborative work with University of Trento on silk monoliths is now online in Advanced Functional Materials


2019: Our work on flexible biosensors for VEGF detection is now online in ACS Sensors



2019: Our latest paper on Flexible Micropatterned Silk substrates is now online in Advanced Materials Interfaces



2018: Our latest paper on Flexible Biosensors is now online in Biosensors & Bioelectronics


2018: Our recent work on flexible, fully organic, energy storage devices has been published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

US Patent # 9,771,400 has been issued on our work Photoactive silk protein and fabrication of silk protein structures using photolithography

2017: Silk Protein Lithography (SPL) featured as a "Manufacturing Idea to Watch" MFORESIGHT: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight


Our recent work on Microfabricated Silk-based Flexible Sensors has been published in two papers in Advanced Materials and Biosensors & Bioelectronics

Making Silk Optical Devices with Photolithography featured in C&EN News

Some research projects currently underway:

  • Microfabrication using nanostructured biomaterials
  • Biophysical and biochemical investigations of cell surfaces.
  • Nano and micromechanical characterization of proteins and polymers.
  • Biodiagnostics and cell patterning using microfluidics.


Are you interested in solving some of the "smallest" problems in materials science and engineering?
Contact Dr. Vamsi Yadavalli at vyadavalli [at] vcu.edu for details on specific projects.