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Jonathan Rivnay Selected as Outstanding Early-Career Investigator

The award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary work in materials research by an early-career scientist or engineer

Northwestern Engineering’s Jonathan Rivnay has been selected to receive the Outstanding Early-Career Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society (MRS). The award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary work in materials research by an early-career scientist or engineer.

Rivnay is being honored for “innovative research on organic semiconductor microstructure and charge transport for electronics and bioelectronics.”

Jonathan Rivnay

An assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Rivnay designs and develops new materials and devices to facilitate the seamless integration of sensing/actuation technologies with cells and tissue to enable improvements in diagnosis and therapy in his lab. The Rivnay Lab’s research focuses on conducting polymers due to their synthetic tunability, soft mechanical properties, demonstrated stability and compatibility with biological tissue, and their ability to take on a range of form factors.

Rivnay is the fifth Northwestern professor to receive this award from MRS: James Rondinelli, Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing (2017); Mark Hersam, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) electrical and computer engineering (2010); Teri Odom, Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and (by courtesy) professor of materials science and engineering (2009); and Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and (by courtesy) professor of chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering (1999).