MRS Medal Talk

5:15 PM–5:45 PM Nov 27, 2018 (US - Eastern)

Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom


The MRS Medal, endowed by Toh-Ming Lu and Gwo-Ching Wang, is awarded for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field.

John A. Rogers, Northwestern University
Materials for Bio-Integrated Microsystems Technologies

"for pioneering contributions to materials for diverse classes of bio-integrated electronic systems"

Biological systems are mechanically soft, with complex, time-dependent 3D curvilinear shapes; modern electronic and microfluidic technologies are rigid, with simple, static 2D layouts.  Eliminating this profound mismatch in physical properties will create vast opportunities in man-made microsystems that can intimately integrate onto/into the human body, for diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical function with important, unique capabilities in biomedical research and clinical health care.  Over the last decade, a convergence of new concepts in materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and advanced manufacturing has led to the emergence of diverse, novel classes of "biocompatible" electronic and microfluidic systems with tissue-like physical properties.  This talk describes the key ideas and enabling materials, and it presents some of the most recent device examples in areas ranging from neuroscience research to clinical medicine and sports performance.

About John A. Rogers

John A. Rogers obtained a BA degree in chemistry and a BS degree in physics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He received SM degrees in both physics and chemistry in 1992 and a PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a member of the Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He then spent 13 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In 2016, he joined Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, with affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry, where he is also Director of the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics. Rogers is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).