Distinguished Lecturers

2017   Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago – “Polyelectrolytes in Multivalent Ionic Media: New Physics and New Materials


2016   E.W. “Bert” Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands – “Non-convalent Synthesis of Functional Supramolecular Systems”


2015    Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University – “The Chemical Imagination at Work in Very Tight Places”


2013    David A. Tirrell, California Institute of Technology – “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code: From Polymers to Proteomics”


2012    Ramamoorthy Ramesh, University of California, Berkley – “Coupling Magnetism to Electricity in Multiferroic Heterostructures”


2011      Martin P. Harmer, Lehigh University – Tailoring of Grain Boundary Complexions for Mechanism-Informed Materials Design”


2010    Phaedon Avouris, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center – “Graphene Electronics and Optoelectronics”


2010    Diran Apelian, Worcester Polytenic Institute – “Sustainable Development for 21st Century: The Role of Materials Science and Engineering”


2008    William J. MacKnight, University of Massachusetts, Amherst – “Polymer Blends: Science and Technology”


2008    Robert A. Weiss, University of Connecticut – “Ionomers: They are not just for golf balls anymore”


2007    Naomi J. Halas, Rice University – “Plasmonic Nanoparticles: Molecular Orbitals Writ Large”


2007    David L. Kaplan, Tufts University – “Bioengineering Protein Polymers to Instruct Cells and Tissues”


2006    Craig J. Hawker, University of California – “Facile Chemistry for the Generation and Industrial Application of Polymeric Nanostructures”


2005    Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology – “An Electronic Nose from Arrays of Polymer Composite Vapor Sensors”


2003    William W. Graessley, Princeton University – “Phase Behavior of Hydrocarbon Polymer Blends”


2003    Samuel J. Huang, University of Connecticut – “Biodegradable Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Biomedical Polymers”


2002    Frederick F. Lange, University of California at Santa Barbara – “Controlling Forces Between Particles for Advanced Materials Processing”


2001    Edwin “Ned” L. Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “Applications of Periodic Structures Made from Block Copolymers”


2000    Larry L. Hench, Imperial College of Science, London – “Biomedical Materials for the New Millenium”


1999    Guy C. Berry, Carnegie Mellon University – “Texture Development in the Shear Flow of Nematic Solutions of Rodlike Polymers”


1998    Jerome B. Cohen, Northwestern University – “Melting of Pb Nanocrystals”


1998    Alan J. Heeger, Nobel Laureate, University of California at Santa Barbara – “Light Emission from Semiconducting Polymers: LEDs, Lasers and White Light for the Future”


1997    Anthony T. DiBenedetto, University of Connecticut – “Interfaces in Polymer Composite Materials”


1997    Arthur H. Heuer, Case Western Reserve University – “Biological Ceramics Or All You Wanted To Know About Shells”


1997    Richard E. Smalley, Nobel Laureate, Rice University – “Discovering the Fullerenes”


1995    Samuel Krimm, University of Michigan – “Structure and Dynamics of Macromolecules from Vibrational Spectroscopy”


1994    David Turnbull, Harvard University – “Undercooling of Liquids and Exposure of Metastable States”


1993    R. Bryon Bird, University of Wisonsin-Madison – “Kinetic Theory and Rheology of Polymeric Liquids”


1993    P.G. de Gennes, Nobel Laureate, Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles – “Interfacial Rheology”


1992    Walter L. Robb, General Electric Corporate Research & Development – “Medical and Material Imaging –  A Surprising Synergy”


1991    Arthur J. McEvily, University of Connecticut – “Fatigue Crack Growth”


1990    Merton C. Flemings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “Materials Science and Engineering in the 1990’s”


1990    Richard S. Stein, University of Massachusetts – “Morphology and Property Control Through Phase Separation in Polymers”


1989    David T. Clark, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) – “Molecular and Surface Engineering of Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Architecture and Functionalization”


1989    Helmut Ringsdorf, University of Mainz, Federal Republic of Germany – “Molecular Engineering of Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Architecture and Functionalization”


1988    William N. Lipscomb, Nobel Laureate, Harvard University – “Activity and Allosteric Regulation of Aspartate Transcarbamylase”


1988    Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Yale University and IBM – “Fractal Aspects of Materials”


1987    John Ferry, University of Wisconsin – “Structure and Rheology of Fibrin, a Hyperbiopolymer”


1987    Linus C. Pauling, Nobel Laureate, 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1962 Nobel Peace Prize – Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, Palo Alto, CA – “Chemistry in Today’s World”


1986    Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “Superlatices in Deliberately Structured Materials and Intercalation Compounds”


1984    George H. Vineyard, Brookhaven National Laboratory – “Computer Simulation – A Third Estate of Physics”


1983    John W. Cahn, National Institute of Standards and Technology – “Role of Interfaces in Materials Science”


1983    Arthur C. Upton, New York University Medical Center – “Biological Effects of Low-Level Ionizing Radiation: Implications for Health and the Environment”


1982    John O’M. Bockris, Texas A&M University – “The New Electrochemistry”


1981    J.K. Hulm, Westinghouse R& D, Pittsburg, PA – “Fine Filamentary Composite Superconductors – a Triumph of Modern Materials Processing”


1981    Walter H. Stockmayer, Dartmouth College – “Chain Stiffness: Tales of Protean Concept in Polymer Science”


1980    J. Th. G. Overbeek, Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht – “Foams and Soap Films”


1980    A.E. Ringwood, The Australian National University – “Safe Disposal of High Level Radioactive Waste”


1978    Albert V. Crewe, University of Chicago – “Present and Future Possibilities in the High Resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope”


1977    Paul J. Flory, Nobel Laureate, Stanford University – “Polymers from a Molecular Point of View”


1976    Pol E. Duwez, California Institute of Technology – “Metal and Alloy Glasses”


1976    Maurice L. Higgins, Stanford Research Institute – “Polymer Science”


1975    Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, Nobel Laureate, University of Oxford – “Insulin Crystal Structures”


1975    Walter R. Hibbard, Jr., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – “Energy and Natural Resources”


1975    S.M. Krane, Harvard Medical School – “Aspects of Metabolism of Collagen in Man”


1974    Cyril S. Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “The Many Trends of Material Science in History”


1974    Clarence M. Zener, Carnegie Mellon University – “Solar Sea Power and Fluid Properties”


1973    Morris E. Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “Materials and Man’s Needs”


1973    H.W. Paxton, National Science Foundation – The Future of Materials Research”