In the Frenkel-Pinter lab we study how chemistry led to complex life and aim to bridge the gap between today’s biochemistry and the chemical principles that led to emergence of life on Earth during the era of chemical evolution about four billion years ago.

We harness the creative power of chemical evolution to develop evolving functional biodegradable chains of molecules (polymers) for biotechnological applications. We emulate the environment that gave rise to the polymers of life in order to create and evolve functional polymers. Understanding the basics of chemical evolution will allow us to tame it for innovative purposes, with implications in a variety of fields such as drug delivery, agriculture, and tissue engineering.