Ludovico Cademartiri

  • Assistant Professor
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering (Courtesy)

Main Office

3109 Gilman
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-4549


  • Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Chemistry, University of Toronto, 2008
  • Laurea Magistrale, Materials Science, University of Parma, Italy, 2002

Interest Areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biological Environments by Design

Brief Biography

Ludovico Cademartiri obtained a Laurea degree in Materials Science (cum laude) from the University of Parma in 2002 and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2008. Between 2008 and 2011 he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of George M. Whitesides at Harvard University. Since February 2012 he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering of Iowa State University

Honors and Awards

  • Beckman Young Investigator Award, 2014
  • Franco Strazzabosco Award for Young Engineers, 2014
  • TIME Magazine Top 50 Inventions of 2011, 2011
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009
  • IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - Honorable Mention, 2009
  • Canadian Society of Chemistry Chemistry Doctoral Award, 2009
  • Governor General's Gold Medal, 2008
  • American Chemical Society DIC Young Investigator Award, 2008
  • Canadian Society of Chemistry Prize for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry, 2008
  • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award - Silver Medal, 2006
  • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award - Silver Medal, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Programmable Self-Assembly L. Cademartiri*, K.J.M. Bishop Nature Materials 2015, 14, 2-9
  • LEGO® Bricks as Building Blocks for Centimeter Scale Biological Environments K. R. Lind, T. Sizmur, S. Benomar, A. I. Miller, L. Cademartiri* PLoS ONE 2014, 9 (6), e100867
  • Nanowires and Nanostructures that Grow like Polymer Molecules S. Shaw, L. Cademartiri* Advanced Materials 2013, 25 (35), 4829-4844 - frontispiece
  • Using Explosions to Power a Soft Robot R. F. Shepherd, A. A. Stokes, J. Freake, J. Barber, P. W. Snyder, A. D. Mazzeo, L. Cademartiri, S. A. Morin, G. M. Whitesides* Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52 (10), 2892-2896
  • Polymer-like Conformation and Growth Kinetics of Bi2S3 Nanowires L. Cademartiri, G. Guerin, K. J. M. Bishop, M.A. Winnik*, G. A. Ozin* Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134(22), 9327-9334
  • Using Shape for Self-Assembly L. Cademartiri*, K. J. M. Bishop, P. W. Snyder, G. A. Ozin Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 2012, 370, 2824-2847
  • On the Nature and Importance of the Transition between Molecules and Nanocrystals: Towards a Chemistry of “Nanoscale Perfection” L. Cademartiri* and V. Kitaev* Nanoscale – 2011, 3, 3435
  • Three-Dimensional Silicon Inverse Photonic Quasicrystals for Infrared Wavelengths A. Ledermann*, L. Cademartiri, M. Hermatschweiler, C. Toninelli, G. A. Ozin, D. S. Wiersma, M. Wegener, and G. von Freymann Nature Materials 2006, 5, 942-945
  • Size Dependent Extinction Coefficients of PbS Quantum Dots L. Cademartiri, E. Montanari, G. Calestani, A. Migliori, A. Guagliardi, G. A. Ozin* Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006, 128, 10337-10346
  • From Color Fingerprinting to the Control Of Photoluminescence in Elastic Photonic Crystals A. C. Arsenault, T. J. Clark, G. von Freymann, L. Cademartiri, R. Sapienza, J. Bertolotti, E. Vekris, S. Wong, V. Kitaev, I. Manners, R. Z. Wang, S. John, D. S. Wiersma, G. A. Ozin* Nature Materials 2006, 5(3), 179-184
  • “Concepts of Nanochemistry” L. Cademartiri and G. A. Ozin Foreword by Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Wiley-VCH, 2009
  •  “Nanochemistry – a Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials” -  II Edition G. A. Ozin, A. C. Arsenault, L. Cademartiri Foreword by Prof. Chad A. Mirkin Royal Society of Chemistry, 2009