Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 01/31/2012
Tuesday, 01/31/2012
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Steve Granick
University of Illinois
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

"Fun and Profit with Colloids and Biological Cells"


Not enough is understood about the complex phenomena of our daily lives. I will begin with familiar Brownian motion , and will describe how tracking moving objects one-by-one, using fluorescence imaging, reveals a family of familiar systems in which transport is Fickian yet not Gaussian. These experiments we recently extended into living cells. Time permitting, I will also describe another grand challenge, to understand how nanocomponents spontaneously organize into complex macroscopic structures. A picture emerges in which simple experiments, performed at single-particle and single-molecule resolution, can dissect macroscopic phenomena in ways that surprise.


Professor Granick received his BA cum laude from Princeton University in 1978 and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1985 following postdoctoral research at the Collège de France with P.-G. de Gennes and at the University of Minnesota with Matthew Tirrell. His honors include: Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study of UIUC, 1990; Fellow, American Physcial Society, 1992; NSF Award for Special Creativity, 1993; Sabbatical Professor, Kyoto University, Japan, 1994; University Scholar, UIUC 1997; named as Founder Professor of Engineering, 1999; Paris-Sciences Professor 2002; Guest Professor of Polymer Chemistry, Peking University, 2002 to date; Invited Foreign Professor, University of Bordeaux (France), 2003; Chair, Division of Polymer Physics, American Physical Society, 2006; Associate, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 2006; Guest Professor of Chemical Physics, USTC (China), 2006 to date; and Polymer Physics Prize, APS, 2009.


Research interests are in the areas of polymers, colloids, biomaterials and imaging.