Jonathan Claussen, PhD


phone: 515-294-4690


Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Iowa State University


1620 Howe 537 Bissell Road Ames, IA 50011-2030



PhD, Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2011
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2008
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2006
BA, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota, 2006

Research interest: The Claussen group is focused on understanding and developing science and technology that interfaces with biology on the nano/microscale. Our laboratory develops carbon nanomaterials (e.g., graphene, carbon nanotubes, carbon dots) and hybrid nanostructured materials for disease diagnostics/treatment, energy, molecular logic, and small-scale propulsion applications. The use of biological agents (enzymes, antibodies, DNA, cells) and surface chemistry techniques are widely explored within our research. We also seek to understand and model the reaction-diffusion kinetics associated with the nano-bio interface. These research efforts are highly interdisciplinary and require expertise from nearly all engineering and science backgrounds.

Areas of interest:

  • Biosensors (Electrochemical & Optical)
  • Bio-Integrated Electronics
  • BioMEMS and BioNEMS
  • Micro/Nanoscale Propulsion
  • Carbon Nanomaterial Growth (Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes)
  • Nanomanufacturing / Materials Printing
  • Quantum Dots / Carbon Dots
  • Mass Transport / Fluid Dynamic

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