We seek 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.
Professor John A. 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 founder and Director of Active Impulse Systems, a company that commercialized technologies developed during his PhD work. 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 the end of 2000 to 2002. He currently holds a Swanlund Chair, the highest chaired position at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He has a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, with joint appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Bioengineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He served as the Director of a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center on nanomanufacturing, funded by the National Science Foundation, from 2009-2012. He is currently Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.
Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published more than 450 papers, and is an inventor on over 80 patents and patent applications, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use by large companies and startups that he has co-founded. His research has been recognized with many awards including, most recently, the ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal (2015), the A.C. Eringen Medal of the Society for Engineering Science (2014), 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), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009), the George Smith Award from the IEEE (2009), the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship from the Department of Defense (2008), the Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the University of Illinois (2007) and the Leo Hendrick Baekeland Award from the American Chemical Society (2007). Rogers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE; 2011) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS; 2014), a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE; 2009), the American Physical Society (APS; 2006), the Materials Research Society (MRS; 2007), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2008) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI; 2013).
Rogers has also been named to many distinguished lectureships, including:
Dr R A Mashelkar Endowment Lecture, CSIR-NCL, 2015.
Weissberger/Williams/Farid Lectureship, Kodak Research Labs, 2015.
Fowler Distinguished Lecture, Texas A&M University, 2015.
Inaugural Lecturer for the Institute for Materials Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2015.
'Science at the Edge' Lecturer at Michigan State University, 2015.
College of Engineering Distinguished Lecturer at University Georgia, 2015.
Etter Memorial Lectureship at University of Minnesota, 2015.
Laufer Lectureship at University of Southern California, 2014.
Presidential Lectureship at Northeastern University, 2014.
College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker at University of Texas at Arlington, 2014.
Plenary Lecture, Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014.
Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture, American Chemical Society, 2014.
Xingda Lectureship at Peking University, 2013.
Adams Lectureship at Purdue University, 2013.
Presidents Distinguished Lectureship at KAUST, 2013.
Bircher Lectureship at Vanderbilt University, 2013.
Deans Distinguished Lectureship at Northwestern University, 2013.
ET Distinguished Speaker at Applied Materials, 2012.
Wulff Lectureship at M.I.T., 2012.
DB Robinson Distinguished Speaker at University of Alberta, 2012.
GT-COPE Lectureship at Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012.
Nyquist Lectureship at Yale University, 2011.
Judd Distinguished Lecturer at University of Utah, 2011.
ASU Distinguished Scholar and Lecturer at Arizona State University, 2011.
Rosenhow Lectureship at M.I.T., 2011.
Eastman Lectureship in Polymer Science, University of Akron, 2011.
Deans Distinguished Lectureship at Columbia University, 2010.
Nakamura Lectureship at University of California at Santa Barbara, 2010.
Chapman Lectureship (inaugural) at Rice University, 2009.
Zhongguancun Forum Lectureship, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007.
Dorn Lectureship at Northwestern University, 2007.
Xerox Distinguished Lectureship at Xerox Corporation, 2006.
Robert B. Woodward Scholar and Lectureship at Harvard University, 2001.