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Stupp Named as Research Leader

November 29, 2005

EVANSTON, Ill. ---Samuel I. Stupp, Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science, Chemistry, and Medicine and director of the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine, has been named by Scientific American magazine as a Research Leader within the 2005 Scientific American 50.

The annual list, which appears in the magazine’s December 2005 issue, recognizes outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology from the past year. Stupp was cited for his “contributions to reducing defects in organic materials.”

During the past decade, Stupp’s research has focused on self-assembly, the strategy used by biology to create highly ordered defect-free structures. In the work cited by Scientific American, Stupp used self-assembly to develop organic materials with electronic properties that could be of interest in future solar energy devices. This work, which was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, was carried out in Stupp’s laboratory by James Hulvat, research assistant professor of materials science and engineering; Marina Sofos, a graduate student; and Keisuke Tajima, a former postdoctoral fellow.

Stupp is a recognized leader in the rapidly advancing fields of nanoscience and self-assembly. His strategies for developing nanostructured materials involve the synthesis of molecules programmed for self-assembly into functional materials of interest in widely varying fields ranging from electronics to regenerative medicine.

In 2002 Stupp chaired the review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative requested by the White House Economic Council. As part of the review, Stupp briefed the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, as well as committees of the U.S. Congress.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Stupp has received many awards and honors, including the 2005 American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry and the Materials Research Society Medal in 2000.