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Samuel I. Stupp


Professional Appointments

Awards & Honors

Selected Professional Activities

Society Memberships

Samuel I. Stupp
Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Simpson Querrey Institute


1977 Northwestern University, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering
1972 University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., Chemistry

Professional Appointments

2021-present Severo Ochoa Distinguished Professor, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain
2020-present Visiting Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2015-2020 Visiting Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2014-present Director, Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science, Northwestern University
2014-present Director, Simpson Querrey Institute, Northwestern University
2013-present Board of Trustees Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
2012-present Director, Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Center for Regenerative Nanomedicine, Northwestern University
2000-2014 Director, Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine, Northwestern University
1999-present Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science, Chemistry, and Medicine, Northwestern University
1992-1999 Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1989-1999 Professor of Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1989-1999 Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1996-1998 Swanlund Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, and Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1997 CNRS Visiting Professor, Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France
1991-1994 Chairman of Polymer Division, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1985-1989 Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1980-1985 Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1977-1980 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Materials, Northwestern University

Awards & Honors

2022 American Chemical Society Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry
2021 Member, Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering
2020 Member, National Academy of Sciences
2020 Nanoscience Prize, International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation, and Engineering
2019 Listed in Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers, Web of Science Group
2018 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
2016 Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science & Engineering, Elsevier Scopus Data
2016 Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award
2016 Elected to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows
2015 Member, Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering
2014 Thomson Reuters The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds
2014 International Award, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
2014 President, International Scientific Committee for the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain
2014 Distinguished Visiting Scientist of the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore
2014 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biochemistry, University of Hong Kong
2013 Creation of the Samuel I. Stupp Prize in Nanotechnology by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Costa Rica
2013 Honorary Doctorate from University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2013 Australian Centre for Nanomedicine Annual Visitng Professorship for Eminent Scientists
2012 American Chemical Society Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry
2012 Member, National Academy of Engineering
2012 Member, Royal Spanish Academy of Pharmacy
2011 Honorary Doctorate, University of Costa Rica
2011 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Chemists for 2000-2010
2010 Michelin Chair, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie, Paris
2010 The 100 Top Most Creative People in Business 2010, Fast Company
2009 Fellow, Materials Research Society
2009 Honorary Membership in Israel Chemical Society
2009 Israel Pollak Distingushed Lecture Series Award from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Distinguished Professorship, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

2009 Honorary Doctorate from Eindhoven University of Technology for Revolutionary Research in Complex Molecular Systems, The Netherlands
2008 Member, Scientific Advisory Board, DSM Biomedical

Member, International Scientific Committee, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Paris                  

2006 Member, Scientific Committee, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain
2006 Member, Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna

The Scientific American 50 for 2005, Leaders Shaping the Future of Technology, Scientific American


Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Visiting Professorship, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

2005 American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry
2004 Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, Visiting Professor, hosted by Professor Jean-Marie Lehn
2004 Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering, World Biomaterials Congress

The Merck-Karl Pfister Visiting Professorship in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2003 Fellow, World Technology Network
2002 Chair Paris-Sciences, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles
2001 Visiting Professorship, Institut des Haute Etudes Scientifiques, Bures-Sur-Yvette, France
2000 Materials Research Society Medal Award
1999 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1998 Elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1997 Humboldt Award for Senior U.S. Scientists
1997 Joliot Curie Professorship, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Paris
1991 Department of Energy Prize for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry
1991 Fellow, American Physical Society
1987 Alcoa Foundation Gift to University Faculty
1985 Xerox Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Research
1983 International Association of Dental Research Lecture Award, Australia
1981 3M Young Faculty Award
1980 International Association of Dental Research Lecture Awards, Japan
1975 Motorola Company Fellowship

Selected Professional Activities

2020 Member, Executive Advisory Board, Giant
2017 Member, Advisory Board, Indian Association of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IANN), India
2016 Member, External Executive Committee (EEC) of CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Nanoscience Initiative, New York, NY
2015 Member, Editorial Advisory Board, npj Regenerative Medicine
2015 Member, Editorial Board, Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine
2014 Member, Editorial Advisory Board, ACS Central Science
2014 Member, Editorial Board, Regenerative Therapy
2013 Organizer and Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Materials Genome Initiative Soft Matter Summit, Washington DC
2013 Member, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science Advisory Council, Japan
2013 Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Xeltis Corporation, Switzerland
2013 Co-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Self-Assembly & Supramolecular Chemistry in Les Diablerets, Switzerland
2012- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Biomaterials Science
2012 International Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials-CIC biomaGUNE, Spain
2011- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Acta Biomaterialia
2010- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Nano Letters
2010- Member, International Advisory Board, Israel Journal of Chemistry
2009- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Polymer Journal
2008- Member, World Premier International Program Advisory Committee to Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan
2008- International Advisory Group, Swedish Government Program on Biomaterials, Gothenburg University, Sweden
2008-2009 Member, Editorial Board, Nanotechnology
2006- Associate Editor, Editorial Board, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (Wiley)
2006- Member, External Advisory Board, Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences (M-NIMBS)
2006-2008 Member, Chemistry and Materials Science (CMS) Directorate Review Committee (DRC), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
2005- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Nanomedicine
2005 National Research Council Committee review of National Nanotechnology Initiative
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Small (VCH-Wiley)
2004-2007 Member, Editorial Board, Soft Matter

Member, Committee of Institut Universitaire de France

2004 Invited Discussant to NIH-NSF "Interagency Conference on Research at the Interface of the Life Sciences and Physical Sciences: Bridging the Sciences", November 2004.
2003 Founding Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory
2003- Member, Scientific Advisory Board, National University of Singapore Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering
2003 Briefings on the review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
2003 Senior-member Selection Committee, Institut Universitaire de France
2002 Member, External Advisory Board, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2002 Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, NanoMateria, Inc.
2002 Senate Testimony on Nanotechnology for the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
2002 Co-Chair, Department of Energy workshop: “Biomolecular Materials”, LaJolla, CA
2001 Chair, Review of National Nanotechnology Initiative at the Request of the White House Economic Council, National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council
2001 Reviewer, Department of Energy, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering’s Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Chemistry Program, Berkeley, CA
2001-2007 Member, Baxter Scientific Advisory Board
2001-2004 Member, Solid State Sciences Committee, National Academy of Sciences
2000 Chair, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, Musculosketal and Dental Sciences, Special Emphasis Panel
2000 Co-Chair, Materials Research Society Symposium, Joint Session: “Mechanical Aspects of Soft Biomaterial Interfaces and Interfaces Adhesion” and “Processing in Polymer Systems” San Francisco, CA
2000-2003 Member, Advisory Board, Nano Letters, American Chemical Society
1999-2005 Member, Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, Department of Energy
1997-2004 Member, Editorial Board, Advances in Polymer Science
1989 Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Polymer Science-Polymer Chemistry Edition

Society Memberships

  • American Chemical Society, Polymer Chemistry Division; Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division
  • American Physical Society, High Polymer Physics Division; Biological Physics Division
  • Society for Biomaterials
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Materials Research Society

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