Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Markus Buehler

2020 Art and Science

Markus J. Buehler is a material scientist and composer of experimental music, and the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT. His work focuses on bio-inspired materials, to create materials with architectural features from the nano- to the macro-scale. Much of his research deals with protein materials – the basic constituent of life – rendering materials such as cells or blood vessels, but also spider silk and viruses. His work seeks to understand the means by which nature creates materials, with applications in bio-inspired engineering, breaking boundaries between science and art.

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