Rachel Segalman

Rachel Segalman

Schlinger Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering
E. N. Kramer Professor of Materials


Chemical Engineering, Materials


(805) 893-3709
3353 & 3333 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering

Fellow of: 

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), American Physical Society (APS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Royal Society of Chemistry


Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering, AIChE; Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, Department of Energy; 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


Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials, Materials & Interfaces, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

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