Chad A. Mirkin, Ph.D.

chad-mirkinDr. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, the George B. Rathmann Prof. of Chemistry, Prof. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, Prof. of Materials Science & Engineering, and Prof. of Medicine. He is a chemist and a world renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his development of nanoparticle-based biodetection schemes, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography, and contributions to supramolecular chemistry. He is the author of over 550 manuscripts and over 930 patents worldwide (241 issued), and the founder of four companies, Nanosphere, NanoInk, AuraSense, and AuraSense Therapeutics, which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life science and semiconductor industries.

He is a Member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST, Obama Administration), and the only chemist (one of only 12 scientists, engineers, and medical doctors) to be elected to all three US National Academies (the Inst. of Medicine, the Natl. Academy of Sci., and the Natl. Academy of Engin.).  He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Materials Research Society. Dr. Mirkin has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of over twenty scholarly journals, including Biosensors & Bioelectronics, JACS, Acc. Chem. Res., Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., Biomacromolecules, Macromolecular Bioscience, SENSORS, Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Chem. Eur. J., Chemistry & Biology, Nanotechnology Law & Business, The Scientist, J. Mater. Chem., J. Cluster Sci., and Plasmonics, and at present, he is an Associate Editor of JACS. He is the founding editor of the journal Small, one of the premier international nanotechnology journals, and he has co-edited three bestselling books.

Dr. Mirkin holds a B.S. degree from Dickinson College and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Penn. State Univ. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT prior to becoming a professor at Northwestern Univ. in 1991.