Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Rogers, John A.
Location Northwestern University
Primary Field Engineering Sciences
Secondary Field Applied Physical Sciences
 Election Citation
Rogers has developed stretchable electronic materials and devices that are compatible with the soft, curvilinear surfaces of biological tissues. This has led to bio-inspired optics and electronics for digital imaging, bio-integrated electronics for clinical health care and physically transient forms of electronics for advanced surgeries.
 Research Interests
Rogers' research interests are in understanding and exploiting unique characteristics of 'soft' materials, such as polymers, liquid crystals, biological tissues and hybrid combinations of them with unusual classes of micro/nanomaterials, in the form of ribbons, wires, membranes, tubes or related. A goal is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these materials and to develop deterministic or biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth. The work combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts in a way that promotes positive feedback between the two. Areas of current focus include soft composite materials for conformal electronics, nanophotonic structures, microfluidic devices, photovoltaics and microelectromechanical systems, all with an emphasis on bio-inspired or bio-integrated systems. These efforts in engineering science are highly multidisciplinary, and combine expertise from nearly every traditional field of technical and academic study.

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