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John Rogers

Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery (and by courtesy Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry)


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Materials Science and Engineering


Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts

S.M. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts

S.M. in Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts

B.S. in Physics, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX

B.A. in Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX

Research Interests

Rogers' research seeks to understand and exploit interesting characteristics of 'soft' materials, such as polymers, liquid crystals, and biological tissues as well as hybrid combinations of them with unusual classes of micro/nanomaterials, in the form of ribbons, wires, membranes, tubes or related. The aim is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these materials; and also develop new 'soft lithographic' and biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth. This work combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts in a way that promotes positive feedback between the two. Current research focuses on soft materials for conformal electronics, nanophotonic structures, microfluidic devices, and microelectromechanical systems, all lately with an emphasis on bio-inspired and bio-integrated technologies. These efforts are highly multidisciplinary, and combine expertise from nearly every traditional field of technical study.

Significant Recognition

  • IEEE EMBS Trailblazer Award (2016)
  • Elected to the Editorial Board for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (2016)
  • Elected to the Texas Institute for Advanced Study, Texas A&M University (2016)
  • Cover feature article for the April issue of Advanced Functional Materials – Controlled Mechanical Buckling for Origami-Inspired Construction of 3D Microstructures in Advanced Materials (2016)
  • Cover feature article for the June issue of Advanced Materials – An Epidermal Stimulation and Sensing Platform for Sensorimotor Prosthetic Control, Management of Lower Back Exertion, and Electrical Muscle Activation (2016)
  • Cover feature article for the February issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials – Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Epidermal Heat Flux Sensors for Measurements of Core Body Temperature (2016)
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2015)
  • A.C. Eringen Medal of the Society for Engineering Science (2014)
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS; 2014)
  • Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013)
  • Robert Henry Thurston Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2013)
  • Mid-Career Researcher Award from the Materials Research Society (2013)


Professor Rogers has invented over 80 patents and patent applications, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use by large companies and startups that he has co-founded, including Active Impulse Systems, Semprius, MC10, CoolEdge, XCeleprint and Transient Electronics.