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Materials Research

Materials research at UChicago cuts across disciplinary boundaries to create new and novel materials. Materials science helps us to understand and create novel properties that emerge from complex chemical systems.



Quantum dots, 2D materials, plasmonics



Synthesis of functional organic materials



Nature's macromolecular assemblies

Quantum Materials

Quantum Materials

Controlling quantum dynamics in materials

Microscopy and Nanoscopy

Microscopy and Nanoscopy

Linking structure to function

Solar Light Harvesting

Solar Light Harvesting

Capturing light to power the planet

Soft Condensed Matter

Soft Condensed Matter

Jamming, sticking, and patterning



Clean water



Working at the interface between theory and experiment

Materials Faculty

UChicago Material Scientists span disciplinary boundaries sharing ideas across fields

John Anderson

Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallics, Metal-Organic Frameworks

David Awschalom

Quantum Information, Solid State Physics, Spintronics

Tim Berkelbach

Materials, Electronic Dynamics, Chemical Physics

Juan DePablo

Polymer Dynamics, Glassy Systems, Molecular Engineering

Greg Engel

Ultrafast, Biophysics, Chemical Dynamics

Karl Freed

Protein Folding, Polymer Dynamics, Biophysics, Chemical Physics

Giulia Galli

Materials, Electronic Structure, Defect Dynamics

Margaret Gardel

Biophysics, Cytoskeletal Dynamics, Soft Condensed Matter

Supratik Guha

Nanoscale Materials, Energy Conversion, Solid State Physics

Philippe Guyot-Sionnest

Quantum Dots, Solid State Physics, Chemical Physics

Mike Hopkins

Solar Light Harvesting, Charge Separation, Inorganic Chemistry

Heinrich Jaeger

Granular Materials, Soft Condensed Matter

Rich Jordan

Ring Polymers, Inorganic Chemistry, Polymerization Dynamics

Ka Yee Lee

Membrane Dynamics, Biophysics, Soft Condensed Matter

Wenbin Lin

Metal-organic Frameworks, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials

Sid Nagel

Splashing, Glassy Systems, Soft Condensed Matter

Paul Nealey

Lithography, Nanofabrication, Polymers, and Bio-comaptible materials

Jiwoong Park

2D Materials, Electronic Dynamics, Chemical Physics

Stuart Rice

Quantum Dynamics, Liquids, 2D Materials

Stuart Rowan

Polymers, Organic Chemistry, Biomaterials

Norbert Scherer

Biophysics, Optical Matter, Plasmonics

David Schuster

Microwave Qubits, Topological Photonics, Rydberg Atoms

Steve Sibener

Surface Science, Chemical Dynamics, Water

Jon Simon

AMO Physics, Rydberg Atoms, Photonic Hall Systems

Jim Skinner

Water, Chemical Physics, Solvation

Dmitri Talapin

Quantum Dots, Inorganic Chemisty, Nanomaterials

Bozhi Tian

Materials Science, Nano-bio Interfaces, Bio-Electronics

Matt Tirrell

Polymer Brushes, Chemical Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering

Yossi Weizmann

Nucleic Acid Systems, Chemical Biology, Biosensors

Luping Yu

Organic Solar Cells, Polymer Design, Organic Materials

Unified by our desire to create new materials, our faculty work collaboratively across a wide array of scientific disciplines


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Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate students should apply to one of the doctoral programs listed below.

Prospective Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Scholars should apply directly to one of faculty listed above.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students should apply directly to the College.