Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
areas of expertise: chemical engineering, chemical reactivity of nanowires and nanotubes, processing of nanoparticle systems, molecular electronics, surface and colloid science, embedded electronics
Michael S. Strano is the Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He received his BS from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn and his PhD from the University of Delaware, both in chemical engineering.
He was a postdoctoral research fellow from 2001 to 2003 at Rice University in the chemistry and physics departments, under the guidance of Nobel laureate Richard E. Smalley. From 2003 to 2007, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving his laboratory to MIT.
His research focuses on biomolecule-nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low-dimensional systems, nanoelectronics, nanoparticle separations and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Strano is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a 2006 Beckman Young Investigator Award, the 2006 Coblentz Award for Molecular Spectroscopy, the 2007 Unilever Award from the American Chemical Society for excellence in colloidal science, the 2008 Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society and the 2008 Allen P. Colburn award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
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