Edward Noble Kramer Professor
Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS)
Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award; Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society; Alfred P. Sloan Fellow; Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award (2008); Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2005); MDV Innovators Award; MIT Tech Review's TR35 Innovators Under 35 (2007); NAE Frontiers of Engineering Invitee; Hellman Young Faculty Award
Structure control over soft matter on a molecular through nanoscopic lengthscale is a vital tool to optimizing properties for applications ranging from energy (solar and thermal) to biomaterials. Crystal and grain structure effects on bulk conductivity, and nanometer lengthscale pattern of internal interfaces as vital to charge separation and recombination in photovoltaic and light emission effects. Functionality gain of biological materials from structures ranging from monomeric sequence through chain shape through self-assembly. Understanding the effects of structure on properties and gain pattern control in these inherently multidimensional problems. Materials for energy applications such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, and thermoelectrics.
BS University of Texas at Austin
PhD Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara