Nicole Zander is a research chemist in the Polymers Branch at ARL. Her primary research interests are polymer processing, additive manufacturing, and nanofiber research in tissue engineering, antimicrobial materials, and filtration. Her major focus is on recycling waste plastics and other materials into additive manufacturing feedstocks. Dr. Zander is part of a winning Marine Innovation Challenge team in which she is working on building a mobile laboratory that recycles plastics into filament for 3-D printing. She holds a B.A. in chemistry from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Delaware, where she explored using electrospun nanofibers to control neurite outgrowth via protein chemistry and contact-guidance.