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Chad Mirkin

George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and (by courtesy) Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

847-467-7302Email Chad Mirkin


Mirkin Research Group


Materials Science and Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Biomedical Engineering


NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Penn State, State College, PA

B.S. Chemistry (Phi Beta Kappa), Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Research Interests

Fundamental and applied nanoscience, nanomaterials, nanibiotechnology, nanomedicine, nanolithography

Our research focuses on developing methods for controlling the architecture of molecules and materials on the 1-100 nm length scale, and utilizing such structures in the development of analytical tools that can be used in the areas of chemical and biological sensing, lithography, catalysis, and optics.

Mirkin has pioneered the use of biomolecules as synthons in materials science and the development of nanoparticle-based biodiagnostics. Many of the concepts and materials developed within his laboratories are now the basis for commercial detection and lithography systems.

Significant Recognition

  • Sigma Xi 2013 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation
  • NIH Director's Pioneer Award
  • Collegiate Inventors Award
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame (2002, 2004)
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree from Dickinson College
  • Pennsylvania State University Outstanding Science Alumni Award
  • ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry
  • Dickinson College Metzger-Conway Fellowship
  • 2003 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences
  • Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology
  • Leo Hendrick Baekeland Award
  • Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40 Award"
  • Discover 2000 Award for Technological Innovation
  • I-Street Magazine's Top 5 List for Leading Academics in Technology
  • Materials Research Society Young Investigator Award
  • ACS Award in Pure Chemistry
  • PLU Fresenius Award
  • Harvard University E. Bright Wilson Prize
  • BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award
  • DuPont Young Professor Award
  • NSF Young Investigator Award
  • Naval Young Investigator Award
  • Beckman Young Investigator Award
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Significant Professional Service

  • National Academy of Engineering
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Accounts of Chemical Research
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Advanced Materials
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Chemical and Engineering News
  • Editorial Advisory Board, BioMacromolecules
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Macromolecular Bioscience
  • Editorial Advisory Board, SENSORS
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Chemistry-A European Journal
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Macro-Journals of Macromolecule
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Chemistry & Biology
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Nanotechnology Law & Business
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Cluster Science
  • Founding editor of the journal Small
  • Science Advisory Board member for the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Mirkin, Chad A.; et al.; Mitragotri, Samir; Anderson, Daniel G.; Chen, Xiaoyuan, “Accelerating the Translation of Nanomaterials in Biomedicine”, ACS Nano, (2015)
  • et al.; Spokoyny, Alexander M.; Thomas, John C.; Schwartz, Jeffrey J.; Hohman, J. Nathan, “Defect-tolerant aligned dipoles within two-dimensional plastic lattices”, ACS Nano, (2015)
  • Schatz, George C.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Ross, Michael B.; Ku, Jessie C., “Conformal, macroscopic crystalline nanoparticle sheets assembled with DNA”, Advanced Materials, (2015)
  • Walker, David A.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Briley, William E.; Randeria, Pratik S.; Calabrese, Colin M., “Biocompatible infinite-coordination-polymer nanoparticle-nucleic-acid conjugates for antisense gene regulation”, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, (2015)
  • Mirkin, Chad A.; Chinen, Alyssa B.; Guan, Chenxia M., “Spherical nucleic acid nanoparticle conjugates enhance G-quadruplex formation and increase serum protein interactions”, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, (2015)
  • Petrosko, Sarah Hurst; Mirkin, Chad A.; Briley, William E.; Randeria, Pratik S.; Chinen, Alyssa B., “Nanoflares as probes for cancer diagnostics”, Cancer Treatment and Research, (2015)
  • Mirkin, Chad A.; Stegh, Alexander H.; Meade, Thomas A.; Petrosko, Sarah H.urst, “Preface”, Cancer treatment and research, (2015)
  • Petrosko, Sarah Hurst; Mirkin, Chad A.; Barnaby, Stacey N.; Sita, Timothy L.; Stegh, Alexander H., “Therapeutic applications of spherical nucleic acids”, Cancer Treatment and Research, (2015)