John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He joined the University of Illinois as the Founder Professor of Engineering in 2003, where he currently holds the Swanlund Chair, with a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and joint appointments in several other departments. He served as Director of a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center on nanomanufacturing, and he is presently the Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In Fall 2016, he will become the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor and the Director of the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern University, with appointments in several departments in the Feinberg School of Medicine, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Research Interests

Rogers' research interests are in understanding and exploiting unique characteristics of 'soft' materials, such as polymers, liquid crystals, biological tissues and hybrid combinations of them with unusual classes of micro/nanomaterials, in the form of ribbons, wires, membranes, tubes or related. A goal is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these materials and to develop deterministic or biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth. The work combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts in a way that promotes positive feedback between the two. Areas of current focus include soft composite materials for conformal electronics, nanophotonic structures, microfluidic devices, photovoltaics and microelectromechanical systems, all with an emphasis on bio-inspired or bio-integrated systems. These efforts in engineering science are highly multidisciplinary, and combine expertise from nearly every traditional field of technical and academic study.

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Section 31: Engineering Sciences

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Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences