2016 Yale Science & Engineering Association Award for Advancement of Basic and Applied Science
Professor Chinedum O. Osuji Ph.D.
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Professor Chinedum Osuji was born in Trinidad and Tobago and lived there until he came to the United States to attend university. He studied Materials Science and Engineering, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he researched the structure-property relationships and self-assembly of liquid crystalline block copolymers. After MIT he spent 2 1/2 years as a Senior Scientist at a start-up company, Surface Logix Inc., where he conducted research on the use of soft lithography, microfluidics and surface patterning for fabricating cell-based assays, planar waveguides and other devices. He then did post-doctoral work at Harvard University, after which he joined the Yale faculty in 2007.
Professor Osuji’s current work focuses on the study of the structure, dynamics, and self-assembly of soft matter for use in applications such as organic solar cells, water filtration systems, and microfluidic bio-assays. These applications look to reduce the cost and raise the efficiency of clean energy production, improve the lives of millions of people worldwide with limited access to drinking water supplies, and to open new avenues for diagnostic medical techniques. His work also has industrial applications in complex fluids such as printer inks and toners and cosmetics.
He was the 2015 recipient of the John H. Dillon Medal from the American Physical Society, “for fundamental insights into block copolymer self-assembly under applied fields.” He has received numerous other awards and has published many articles which are frequently cited in the field.
His keen insight into fundamental physical properties of dynamic, complex fluids and how they evolve has enabled researchers at Yale and beyond to consider new and exciting techniques for manufacturing, studying and utilizing liquid crystalline block copolymers. For his ongoing research and vision for a better world, we are proud to honor Professor Chinedum Osuji as the 2016 recipient of the Yale Science & Engineering Association Award for Advancement of Basic & Applied Science.