John A. Rogers
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|John A. Rogers|
|Fields||Chemistry, Applied physics, Materials Science|
|Institutions||University of Illinois|
|Doctoral advisor||George M. Whitesides|
|Known for||The contributions in the fields of soft lithography, microfabrication, microfluidics, nanotechnology, and Flexible electronics.|
|Notable awards||MacArthur Fellow, Lemelson-MIT Prize|
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. During this time he also served as a Director for Active Impulse Systems, a company based on his PhD research that he co-founded in 1995 and which was acquired by a large company in 1998. 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 2000-2002. He is currently Founder Professor of Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, with appointments in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering and Chemistry.
Rogers' research seeks to understand and exploit interesting characteristics of 'soft' materials, such as polymers, liquid crystals, and biological tissues as well as hybrid combinations of them with unusual classes of micro/nanomaterials, in the form of ribbons, wires, membranes, tubes or related. Our aim is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these materials; we also develop new 'soft lithographic' and biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth. This work combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts in a way that promotes positive feedback between the two. Our current research focuses on soft materials for conformal electronics, nanophotonic structures, microfluidic devices, and microelectromechanical systems, all lately with an emphasis on bio-inspired and bio-integrated technologies. These efforts are highly multidisciplinary, and combine expertise from nearly every traditional field of technical study. 
Awards and achievements
Rogers has published more than 175 papers, and has ~60 patents, more than 30 of which are licensed or in active use. His research has been recognized with many awards including the Harvard University Robert B. Woodward Scholar Award (2001), American Chemical Society’s Team Innovation Award (2002), and the Xerox Distinguished Lecturer Award (2006). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and serves on several Editorial Boards, including those for Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics and Nano Letters. Most recently, he received the 2007 Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, the highest honor that the University of Illinois College of Engineering bestows on one of its faculty, for achievement in research and teaching.
John Rogers was the 2013 recipient of the Smithsonian magazine American Ingenuity Award in Physical Science. Other Recent awards include the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013), the Robert Henry Thurston Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2013), the Mid-Career Researcher Award from the Materials Research Society (2013)
- McFarlin, Jim (Summer 2013). "Wired". Illinois Alumni (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Alumni Association) 25 (4): 32–36. ISSN 1096-5866.
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