Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John A. Rogers

Swanlund Chair
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Chemistry (0%)
Director, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. During this time he also served as a Director for Active Impulse Systems, a company based on his PhD research that he co-founded in 1995 and which was acquired by a large company in 1998. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from 2000-2002. He currently holds a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and is affiliated with the Beckman Institute, the Materials Research Laboratory as well as the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering and Chemistry.


Rogers' research includes fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual format electronics and photonic systems. He has published >200 papers, and is co-inventor on >70 patents and patent applications, more than 40 of which are licensed or in active use by large companies (e.g. Lucent Technologies) and startups (e.g. Active Impulse Systems and Semprius).

His research has been recognized with many awards including, most recently the Xerox Distinguished Lecturer Award (2006) and the Dorn Lectureship in Materials Science at Northwestern University (2007), the Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the University of Illinois (2007) the Leo Hendrick Baekeland Award, from the American Chemical Society (2007). His teaching has been recognized many times through selection to the UIUC Unofficial List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students. Rogers was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2006, an inaugural Fellow of the Materials Research Society in 2007, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008, and a Department of Defense National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2009. He serves, or has recently served, on several Editorial Boards, including those for Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics and Nano Letters. He also is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, and SPIE Journal of Microlithography, Microfabrication and Microsystems.


Prof. Rogers has over 200 papers in journals including Science, Applied Physics Letters, Optics Letters, Annual Reviews of Materials Science, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, Advanced Materials, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Langmuir, Journal of Materials Research and many others. For a complete list, see Rogers research group page.

D.K. Yi, J.-H. Lee, J.A. Rogers and U. Paik, "Two-Dimensional Nanohybridization of Gold Nanorods and Polystyrene Colloids," Applied Physics Letters 94, 084104 (2009).

E. Cubukcu, F. Degirmenci, C. Kocabas, M.A. Zimmler, J.A. Rogers and F. Capasso, "Aligned Carbon Nanotubes as Polarization-Sensitive, Molecular Near-Field Detectors," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106(8), 2495–2499 (2009).

N. Pimparkar, Q.Cao, J.A. Rogers and M.A. Alam, "Theory and Practice of "Striping" for Improved ON/OFF Ratio in Carbon Nanonet Thin Film Transistors," Nano Research 2, 167-175 (2009).

J.N. Tey, I.P.M. Wijaya, Z. Wang, W.H. Goh, A. Palaniappan, S.G. Mhaisalkar, I. Rodriguez, S. Dunham and J.A. Rogers, "Laminated, Microfluidic-Integrated Carbon Nanotube Based Biosensors," Applied Physics Letters 94, 013107 (2009).

M.C. George, E.C. Nelson, J.A. Rogers, and P.V. Braun, "Direct Fabrication of 3D Periodic Inorganic Microstructures Using Conformal Phase Masks," Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48, 144–148 (2009).

D. Shir, E.C. Nelson, Y.C. Chen, A. Brzezinski, H. Liao, P.V. Braun, P. Wiltzius, K.H.A. Bogart and J.A. Rogers, "Three Dimensional Silicon Photonic Crystals Fabricated by Two Photon Phase Mask Lithography," Applied Physics Letters 94, 011101 (2009).

J.-U. Park, J.H. Lee, U. Paik, Y. Lu and J.A. Rogers,"Nanoscale Patterns of Oligonucleotides Formed by Electrohydrodynamic Jet Printing with Applications in Biosensing and Nanomaterials Assembly," Nano Letters 8(12), 4210-4216 (2008).

Q. Cao and J.A. Rogers,"Ultrathin Films of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Electronics and Sensors: A Review of Fundamental and Applied Aspects," Advanced Materials 20, 29-53 (2008).

T. Song, J.W. Choung, J.-G. Park, W.I. Park, J.A. Rogers and U. Paik, "Surface Polarity and Shape-Controlled Synthesis of ZnO Nanostructures on GaN Thin Films Based on Catalyst-Free Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy," Advanced Materials 20, 4464–4469 (2008).

D.-H. Kim, J. Song, W.M. Choi, H.-S. Kim, R.-H. Kim, Z. Liu, Y.Y. Huang, K.-C. Hwang, Y. Zhang and J.A. Rogers,"Materials and noncoplanar mesh designs for integrated circuits with linear elastic responses to extreme mechanical deformations," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105(48), 18675–18680 (2008).

D.-H. Kim and J.A. Rogers,"Stretchable Electronics: Materials Strategies and Devices," Advanced Materials 20, 4887-4892 (2008).

Q. Cao and J.A. Rogers," Random Networks and Aligned Arrays of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Electronic Device Applications," Nano Research 1, 259-272 (2008).

J. Yoon, A.J. Baca, S.-I. Park, P. Elvikis, J.B. Geddes, L. Li, R.H. Kim, J. Xiao, S. Wang, T.H. Kim, M.J. Motala, B.Y. Ahn, E.B. Duoss, J.A. Lewis, R.G. Nuzzo, P.M. Ferreira, Y. Huang, A. Rockett and J.A. Rogers, "Ultrathin Silicon Solar Microcells for Semitransparent, Mechanically Flexible and Microconcentrator Module Designs," Nature Materials 7, 907-915 (2008).

A.A. Pesetski, J.E. Baumgardner, S.V. Krishnaswamy, H. Zhang, J.D. Adam, C. Kocabas, T. Banks and J.A. Rogers,"A 500 MHz Carbon Nanotube Transistor Oscillator," Applied Physics Letters 93, 123506 (2008).

X. Dong, C.M. Lau, A. Lohani, S.G. Mhaisalkar, J. Kasim, Z. Shen, X. Ho, J.A. Rogers and L.-J. Li,"Electrical Detection of Femtomolar DNA via Gold-Nanoparticle Enhancement in Carbon-Nanotube-Network Field-Effect Transistors," Advanced Materials 20, 2389–2393 (2008).

S.-I. Park, J.-H. Ahn, X. Feng, S. Wang, Y. Huang and J.A. Rogers, "Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Bending of Inorganic Electronic Materials on Plastic Substrates," Advanced Functional Materials 18, 2673–2684 (2008).

J.-H. Ahn, Z. Zhu, S.-I. Park, J. Xiao, Y. Huang and J.A. Rogers,"Defect Tolerance and Nanomechanics in Transistors that Use Semiconductor Nanomaterials and Ultrathin Dielectrics," Advanced Functional Materials 18, 2535-2540 (2008).

D. Shir, H. Liao, S. Jeon, D. Xiao, H.T. Johnson, G.R. Bogart, K.H.A. Bogart and J.A. Rogers,"Three-Dimensional Nanostructures Formed by Single Step, Two-Photon Exposures through Elastomeric Penrose Quasicrystal Phase Masks," Nano Letters 8(8), 2236-2244 (2008).

J. Xiao, H. Jiang, D.–Y. Khang, J. Wu, Y. Huang and J.A. Rogers, "Mechanics of Buckled Carbon Nanotubes on Elastomeric Substrates," Journal of Applied Physics 104, 033543 (2008).


  • Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2015
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014)
  • American Ingenuity Award, Smithsonian Magazine (2013)
  • Named a permanent member of the Center for Advanced Study at University of Illinois, the highest form of academic recongition that can be bestowed on a member of the faculty (2013)
  • Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) (2013)
  • Robert Henry Thurston Award, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (2013)
  • Mid-Career Researcher Award, Materials Research Society (2013)
  • Director's Transformative Research Award, National Institutes of Health (2012)
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2012)
  • Selected by Nature as one of the top 10 scientists who mattered in 2011 (2011)
  • Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (2011)
  • MacArthur Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009)
  • Department of Defense National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (2009)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008)
  • Leo Hendrick Baekeland Award from the American Chemical Society (2007)
  • Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the University of Illinois (2007)
  • Dorn Lectureship in Materials Science at Northwestern University (2007)
  • Fellow of the Materials Research Society (2007)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2006)
  • Xerox Distinguished Lecturer Award (2006)
  • "10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change Your World", MIT's Technology Review Magazine (2004)
  • OFC Attendee's Choice Award, Lightwave Magazine (2002)
  • Excellence in Technical Innovation Award, Laser Focus World Magazine (2002)
  • Circle of Excellence Award, Photonic Spectra Magazine (2002)
  • R&D100 Innovation Award, R&D Magazine (2001 & 2002)
  • American Chemical Society Award for Team Innovation (2002)
  • R&D Magazine's Editor's Choice for the "Best of the Best (2001)
  • Robert B. Woodward Scholar, Harvard University (2001)



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