Abdon Pena-Francesch

Assistant Professor

3007E NCRC B28



  1. Pena-Francesch, A and Demirel, MC (2019). Squid-Inspired Tandem Repeat Proteins: Functional Fibers and Films,  FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY, 7.

  2. Pena-Francesch, A, Giltinan, J, and Sitti, M (2019). Multifunctional and biodegradable self-propelled protein motors,  NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 10.

  3. Leberfinger, AN, Hospodiuk, M, Pena-Francesch, A, Ayan, B, Ozbolat, V, Koduru, SV, Ozbolat, IT, Demirel, MC, and Ravnic, DJ (2018). Squid Ring Teeth-coated Mesh Improves Abdominal Wall Repair,  PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY-GLOBAL OPEN, 6(8).

  4. Pena-Francesch, A, Domeradzka, NE, Jung, H, Barbu, B, Vural, M, Kikuchi, Y, Allen, BD, and Demirel, MC (2018).Research Update: Programmable tandem repeat proteins inspired by squid ring teeth,  APL MATERIALS, 6(1).

  5. Pena-Francesch, A, Jung, H, Hickner, MA, Tyagi, M, Allen, BD, and Demirel, MC (2018). Programmable Proton Conduction in Stretchable and Self-Healing Proteins,  CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 30(3):898-905.

  6. Pena-Francesch, A, Jung, H, Segad, M, Colby, RH, Allen, BD, and Demirel, MC (2018). Mechanical Properties of Tandem-Repeat Proteins Are Governed by Network Defects,  ACS BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING, 4(3):884-891.

  7. Tomko, JA, Pena-Francesch, A, Jung, H, Tyagi, M, Allen, BD, Demirel, MC, and Hopkins, PE (2018). Tunable thermal transport and reversible thermal conductivity switching in topologically networked bio-inspired materials,  NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 13(10):959+.

  8. Vural, M, Pena-Francesch, A, Bars-Pomes, J, Jung, H, Gudapati, H, Hatter, CB, Allen, BD, Anasori, B, Ozbolat, IT, Gogotsi, Y, and Demirel, MC (2018). Inkjet Printing of Self-Assembled 2D Titanium Carbide and Protein Electrodes for Stimuli-Responsive Electromagnetic Shielding,  ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 28(32).

  9. Jung, H, Szwejkowski, CJ, Pena-Francesch, A, Tomko, JA, Allen, B, Ozdemir, SK, Hopkins, P, and Demirel, MC (2017). Ultrafast laser-probing spectroscopy for studying molecular structure of protein aggregatesANALYST, 142(9):1434-1441.

  10. Vural, M, Lei, Y, Pena-Francesch, A, Jung, H, Allen, B, Terrones, M, and Demirel, MC (2017). Programmable molecular composites of tandem proteins with graphene oxide for efficient bimorph actuators,  CARBON, 118:404-412.

  11. Yilmaz, H, Pena-Francesch, A, Shreiner, R, Jung, H, Belay, Z, Demirel, MC, Ozdemir, SK, and Yang, L (2017).Structural Protein-Based Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators,  ACS PHOTONICS, 4(9):2179-2186.

  12. Gaddes, D, Jung, H, Pena-Francesch, A, Dion, G, Tadigadapa, S, Dressick, WJ, and Demirel, MC (2016). Self-Healing Textile: Enzyme Encapsulated Layer-by-Layer Structural Proteins,  ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 8(31):20371-20378.

  13. Jung, H, Pena-Francesch, A, Saadat, A, Sebastian, A, Kim, DH, Hamilton, RF, Albert, I, Allen, BD, and Demirel, MC (2016). Molecular tandem repeat strategy for elucidating mechanical properties of high-strength proteins,  PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 113(23):6478-6483.

  14. Pena-Francesch, A, Sariola, V, Jung, H, Cetinkaya, M, Pacheco, C, Sitti, M, and Demirel, M (2016). Segmented molecular architecture of self-healing protein materials,  ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 252.

  15. Demirel, MC, Cetinkaya, M, Pena-Francesch, A, and Jung, H (2015). Recent Advances in Nanoscale Bioinspired Materials,  MACROMOLECULAR BIOSCIENCE, 15(3):300-311.

  16. Michaels, SC, Moses, KC, Bachmann, RJ, Hamilton, R, Pena-Francesch, A, Lanba, A, Demirel, MC, and Quinn, RD (2015). Biomimicry of the Manduca Sexta Forewing Using SRT Protein Complex for FWMAV DevelopmentIn: BIOMIMETIC AND BIOHYBRID SYSTEMS, LIVING MACHINES 2015, ed. by Wilson, SP and Verschure, PFMJ and Mura, A and Prescott, TJ, vol. 9222, pp. 86-91, Convergence Sci Network Biomimet & Neurotechnol; Univ Sheffield; Univ Pompeu Fabra Barcelona; Inst Catalana Recerca Estudis Avancats. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (ISBN: 978-3-319-22979-9; 978-3-319-22978-2).

  17. Sariola, V, Pena-Francesch, A, Jung, H, Cetinkaya, M, Pacheco, C, Sitti, M, and Demirel, MC (2015). Segmented molecular design of self-healing proteinaceous materials,  SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 5.

  18. Pena-Francesch, A, Akgun, B, Miserez, A, Zhu, W, Gao, H, and Demirel, MC (2014). Pressure Sensitive Adhesion of an Elastomeric Protein Complex Extracted From Squid Ring Teeth,  ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 24(39):6227-6233.

  19. Pena-Francesch, A, Florez, S, Jung, H, Sebastian, A, Albert, I, Curtis, W, and Demirel, MC (2014). Materials Fabrication from Native and Recombinant Thermoplastic Squid Proteins,  ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 24(47):7401-7409.

  20. Pena-Francesch, A, Montero, L, and Borros, S (2014). Tailoring the LCST of Thermosensitive Hydrogel Thin Films Deposited by iCVD,  LANGMUIR, 30(24):7162-7167.

  21. Guerette, PA, Hoon, S, Seow, Y, Raida, M, Masic, A, Wong, FT, Ho, VHB, Kong, KW, Demirel, MC, Pena-Francesch, A, Amini, S, Tay, GZ, Ding, D, and Miserez, A (2013). Accelerating the design of biomimetic materials by integrating RNA-seq with proteomics and materials science,  NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY, 31(10):908+.