The Northeastern Supramolecular Nanomaterials Lab

The supramolecular nanomaterials laboratory (SNL) group is a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers dedicated to understanding the underlying concepts of molecular recognition, self-assembly and self-organization processes and utilizing this knowledge to address significant public health and technological problems.

Our Mission:


Synthetic Chemistry


Renewable Energy

Computational Modeling

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    Chemical/Physical Control

    Control the chemical/physical properties and architecture of matter from the ground up through supramolecular synthesis, self-assembly and self-organization.

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    Innovative Nanomedicine

    Develop new technology platforms to address public health problems, meet current technological challenges, and stimulate science and economy through the building of a solid knowledge base in supramolecular sciences and engineering and nanomedicine.

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    Education and Training

    Train highly qualified personnel in the areas of supramolecular engineering, molecular electronics, functional nanostructured materials, nanomedicine, biomedical engineering, drug design and discovery, and biomedical diagnostics.

By The Numbers:

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Research Topics

Unidimensional nanotubular objects have captivated the minds of the scientific community over the past decade because of their boundless potential in nanoscale science and technology. The strategies developed to achieve their synthesis spanned the areas of inorganic and organic chemistry and resulted in, for instance, carbon nanotubes, peptide nanotubes, as well as surfactant-derived tubular architectures. While inorganic systems benefit from the vast majority of the elements of the periodic table and the rich physical and chemical properties associated with them, organic systems inherited the power of synthetic molecular and supramolecular chemistry. As such, the latter approach offers limitless possibilities in terms of structural, physical and chemical engineering. One of our group’s main focus is to develop novel synthetic, self-assembly and self-organization strategies/methodologies to build novel nanostructured supramolecular materials with predefined dimensions and physical properties.

The students involved in this program benefit from the breadth of technical and conceptual challenges associated with it. Besides synthetic organic chemistry and the associated analytical methods, our group members are exposed to the challenges of supramolecular synthesis and engineering, molecular modeling, and state-of-the-art nanoscale materials characterization techniques.

The Team


Dr. Hicham Fenniri

Professor & Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Chemical Engineering
253 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.373.7690

Email: h.fenniri (at)