University of Wisconsin-Madison Crest
Wisconsin Energy Institute

Nita Sahai

Associate Profesor of Geology and Geophysics

Email: 

sahai@geology.wisc.edu

Phone: 

(608)262-4972

Energy Expertise: 

Nita Sahai's research group works in the field of interfacial biogeochemistry, which includes medical mineralogy and biomineralization, bioceramics, and environmental geochemistry. The unifying theme is organic and inorganic interactions at mineral surfaces on the molecular- and nano-scale. Specific projects include the self-assembly of phospholipids as model cell membranes at mineral surfaces, cell adhesion to mineral surfaces, protein-mediated biomineralization of calcite, silica and apatite, bone growth on silicate bioceramic prosthetic implants, and biomimetic silica synthesis.