Tolou Shokuhfar

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar is the director of In-Situ Nanomedicine Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University,  Adjunct Assistant Professor of  College of Dentistry and Physics at University of Illinois at Chicago . Her research experience lies at the interface of biomaterials and nano-biotechnology. She is particularly interested in nanostructured bone/dental implants with enhanced biocompatibility, antimicrobial benefits, and drug delivery as well as real time Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy of biomolecules and living cells in hydrated conditions with unprecedented resolution. She also investigates bio/nano interface interactions in protein nanocages for biomimetic synthesis of sustainable nanoparticles and smart bio-nanomaterials with widespread applications in regenerative medicine, diagnostics, and therapeutics. 

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

Recent Publications

  • Gangulay, Debmalya, Shokuhfar, Tolou, Shahbazian Yassar, Reza, 2014, “Nanotubes for Orthopedic Implants,” Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, Vol. 1:201, pp. 1-10.
  • Shokuhfar, T., Kolati, M., Moser, T., Skotjo, C., Friedrich, C., 2012, “Survivability of TiO2 Nanotubes on the Surface of Nano-Modified Bone Screws,” For submission to JOMI.
  • Shokuhfar, T., Ray, S.S., Skotjo, C., Yarin, A.L., 2012, “Anti-inflammatory Drug Loaded TiO2 Nanotubes,“ submitted to Acta Biomateriala, (July, 2012).
  • Asthana, A., Shokuhfar, T., Gao, Q., Heiden, P. A., Friedrich, Craig R., and Shahbazian-Yassar, Reza, 2012, "Deformation-Driven Electrical Transport in Amorphous TiO2 Nanotubes," Applied Physics A, Vol. 109, No. 1, pp. 127-132.
  • T. Shokuhfar, J.Y. Chang, C.K. Choi, C. Skotjo, C. Friedrich, Biophysical Evaluation of Osteoblasts on TiO2 Nanotubes, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (Dec 2011), Under revision.
  • T. Shokuhfar, J.Y. Chang, C.K. Choi, C. Friedrich, Biophysical Evaluation of Osteoblasts on TiO2 Nanotubes, submitted to Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (Dec 2011), Under Revision.
  • Shin, D.H., Shokuhfar, T., Choi, Chang K., Lee, S-H., and Friedrich, Craig R., 2011, "Wettability Changes of TiO2 Nanotube Surfaces," Nanotechnology, Vol. 22, No. 31, Article ID 315704, 7 pages.
  • Shokuhfar, T., Gao, Q., Asthana, A., Heiden, P., Friedrich, C., 2010, “Structural Instabilities in TiO2 Nanotubes,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 108, 1043101-5.

Recent Research Projects

MRI: Acquisition of a High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope for In Situ Microscopy Research and Education

Principal Investigator: Reza Shahbazian Yassar
Co-PI: Stephen Hackney
Co-PI: Claudio Mazzoleni
Co-PI: Tolou Shokuhfar
Co-PI: Yoke Khin Yap
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Center/Institute: Multi-Scale Technologies Institute (MuSTI)