Professor Chad A Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, George B Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, and a professor of chemical and biological engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, and medicine at Northwestern University. He is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and SNA-based biodetection and therapeutic schemes: Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and related cantilever-free nanopatterning and materials discovery methodologies; on-wire lithography (OWL) and co-axial Lithography (COAL); and contributions to supramolecular chemistry, nanoparticle synthesis, and high-area rapid 3D printing (HARP).
Professor Mirkin received his BS degree from Dickinson College (1986) and PhD from Penn State University (1989). He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT prior to becoming a professor at Northwestern in 1991. He has authored over 800 papers and over 1,200 patent applications worldwide (over 360 issued) and founded eight companies. He has been recognized with over 230 awards, including the Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, SCI Perkin Medal, Wilhelm Exner Medal, RUSNANOPRIZE, Dan David Prize, and AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize. He served for eight years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, and he is one of very few scientists to be elected to all three US National Academies. As well as having served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of over 30 scholarly journals, he is the founding editor of the journal Small, an Associate Editor of JACS, and a PNAS Editorial Board Member. He has given over 860 invited lectures and educated over 290 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, of whom over 115 are now faculty members at top institutions around the world.