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The Allen Lab is focused on using biological materials in order to improve functional materials.

Biological systems have an incredible capacity to form structurally ornate and complicated materials with control of structure and properties. The research focus of the Allen lab is to reverse engineer bio-molecules so that they can be used to prepare and improve technologically and catalytically important materials. The primary focus is on the synthesis of electroactive materials for lithium ion batteries and a secondary emphasis on the use of bio-molecules for the formation and hierarchical assembly of catalytic materials.

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