Juan de Pablo, Chair
Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, USA
Juan de Pablo is Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering, USA, and Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Editorial Board Chair. His research involves theory and simulation at a molecular level, studying the properties of molecules and how they can be assembled in an organised manner to have specific functions. His work with Paul Nealey into block copolymer self-assembly has proved a crucial development for the semiconductor industry. He also studies protein and DNA folding, glassy materials, and liquid crystals. See his recent papers in Soft Matter. Professor de Pablo’s work is partially motivated by solving some of the major technological and humanitarian challenges of our time, but equally by a fascination for working on fundamental problems and developing a better understanding of nature. His recent interview in Chemistry World explains how his institute is structured to drive the connection between the two. He is a fellow of the AAAS and the APS, and received the 2011 Charles Stine Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.