Faculty DirectoryMonica Olvera de la Cruz
Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry and (by courtesy) Chemical and Biological Engineering, Physics and Astronomy
Contact2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208
Email Monica Olvera de la Cruz
Ph.D. Physics, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
B.A. Physics, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico
Research in the Olvera de la Cruz group is centered around the development of models to describe the self-assembly of heterogeneous molecules including amphiphiles, copolymers and synthetic and biological polyelectrolytes, as well as the segregation and interface adsorption in multicomponent complex fluids. Work by the group has resulted in a revised model of ionic-driven assembly: demonstrating the electrostatic spontaneous symmetry breaking of ionic fibers and membranes, and identifying its relevance to biological functions and to the design of functional materials. The group's investigations into soft and condensed matter physics have advanced scientific knowledge and opened new research fields of technological importance, including: gel electrophoreses dynamics, self-organization of molecular electrolytes into bio-mimetic materials, self-assembly of heterogeneous molecules into complex nano-structures, interface adsorption and phase segregation dynamics and structure of multicomponent fluids.
- National Institutes of Health FIRST Award, 1988–93
- David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 1989–94
- Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 1990–92
- NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1990–95
- Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2001
- Engineering and Applied Sciences Cozzarelli Prize, Proceeding of the National Academies, National Academies, 2007
- 2010 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
- 2010-2015 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship
- 2012 Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences
- 2013 Distinguished Lecturer, Mathematical Physical Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation
Significant Professional Service
- Scientific Member, Commissariat a l’Énergie Atomique (CE-SACLAY), 1995-97
- NSF Opportunities in Materials Theory, speaker, 2000
- Scientific Visitor, Service de Physique Théorique, CE-SACLAY, France, 2003
- NSF Role of Theory in Biological Physics and Materials, organizer & speaker, 2004
- Baetjer Lecturer, Princeton University, 2005
- Editorial Board of the Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics, 2000-06
- Advisory Committee, NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, 2005-09
- Solid State Science Committee, National Research Council, 2006-09
- Research at the Intersection of Physical and Life Sciences Committee, National Research Council, National Academies, 2007-09
- Editorial Board of Macromolecules
- Vice-chair Solid Sate Science Committee, National Research Council, 2008-10
- Chair, Advisory Committee, NSF Division of Materials Research, 2007-09
- Member, National Research Council Board of Physics and Astronomy
- Chair, Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee, National Research Council, 2010-12
- Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, Department of Energy, 2013-2015
Honghao Li, Aykut Erbas, Jos Zwanikken and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, "Ionic Conductivity in Polyelectrolyte Hydrogels" Macromolecules, 49, 9239-9246 (2016); DOI: 10.1021/acs/macromol.6b01276.
Aykut Erbas and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, "Interactions between Polyelectrolyte Gel Surfaces" Macromolecules, 49, 9026-9034 (2016); DOI: 10.1021/acs.macomol.6b01416.
Matthew N. O'Brien, Hai-Xin Lin, Martin Girard, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Chad A. Mirkin "Programming Colloidal Crystal Habit with Anisotropic Nanoparticle Building Blocks and DNA Bonds" Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138, 14562-14565 (2016); DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b09704.
Matthew N. O'Brien, Martin Girard, Hai-Xin Lin, Jaime A. Millan, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Byeongdu Lee and Chad A. Mirkin, "Exploring the Zone of Anisotropy and Broken Symmetries in DNA-mediated Nanoparticle Crystallization" PNAS, 113, 10485-10490 (2016); DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611808113.
Shuangping Liu, Zhenwei Yao, Kevin Chiou, Samuel I. Stupp and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, "Emergent perversions in the Buckling of Heterogeneous Elastic Strips" PNAS, 113, 7100-7105 (2016); DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1605621113.
Zhenwei Yao and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, "Ordered Self-Similar Patterns in Anisotropic Stochastic Growth" Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120, 5960-5965 (2016); DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b01789.
Monica Olvera de la Cuz, "Mesoscale Studies of Ionic Closed Membranes with Polyhedral Geometries" APL Materials, 4, 061102 (2016); DOI: 10.1063/1.4953570.
Joshua Dempster and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, "Aggregation of Heterogeneously Charged Colloids" ACS Nano, 10, 5909-15 (2016); DOI:10.1021/acsnano.6b01218.
Geoffroy Ferru, Benjamin Reinhart, Mrinal K. Bera, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Baofu Qiao, Ross J. Ellis, “The Lanthanide Contraction beyond Coordination Chemistry” Chemistry - A European Journal, 22, 6899-6904 (2016); DOI: 10.1002/chem.201601032.
Sumit Kewalramani, Guillermo I. Guerrero-García, Liane M. Moreau, Jos W. Zwanikken, Chad A. Mirkin, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, and Michael J. Bedzyk, “Electrolyte-Mediated Assembly of Charged Nanoparticles” ACS Central Science, 2, 219-224 (2016); DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00023.
Zhenwei Yao and Monica Olvera de la Cruz, "Electrostatics-Driven Hierarchical Buckling of Charged flexible Ribbons" Physical Review Letters, 116, 148101 (2016); DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.148101.
Faifan Tantakitti, Job Boekhoven, Xin Wang, Roman V. Kazantsev, Tao Yu, Jiahe Li, Ellen Zhuang, Roya Zandi, Julia H. Ortony, Christina J. Newcomb, Liam C. Palmer, Gajendra S. Shekhawat, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, George C. Schatz & Samuel I. Stupp, "Energy landscapes and functions of supramolecular systems" Nature Materials, 15, 469-476 (2016); DOI: 10.1038/nmat4538.