Chemical Engineering, Materials

Glenn Fredrickson


Glenn Fredrickson's research involves the theoretical analysis of complex fluids and polymers including suspensions, polymer solutions, and melts, and especially block and graft copolymers. Applications include organic and hybrid-inorganic materials for electronic and optical device applications. Another major effort involves the development of new computer simulation tools for analyzing statistical field theory models of polymers and complex fluids -- "field theoretic simulations" -- and the application of such tools to the design of improved complex fluid formulations and high performance plastic materials.


Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials, Director


He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in 1984 and was named Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs in 1989. In 1990, Fredrickson joined UC Santa Barbara where he is now Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials and holds the Mitsubishi Chemical Chair in Functional Materials. He served as Chairman of Chemical Engineering from 1998-2001 and became the founding Director of the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials in 2001. He is also the Executive Director of The Kaiteki Institute in Tokyo, Japan.


2008 Cooperative Research Award, American Chemical Society
1992 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
1990 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award
2003 National Academy of Engineering Member
1998 American Physical Society Fellow
2007 Polymer Physics Prize


Glenn Fredrickson received M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, as well as a B.S. degree (1980) from the University of Florida.

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