Matthew Tirrell is a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and the Founding Pritzker Director and Dean of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a Ph.D in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research explored how macromolecules reacted in small spaces, which eventually led him to study polymers and the development of new charged polymer brushes.
He moved from his study of polymers into peptide amphiphiles, where he and his team experimented with binding peptides to lipids in order to be able to more precisely control the behavior of the peptides and allow the targeted use of peptide amphiphile micelles for treatment of some conditions.
He has held a number of faculty and leadership positions, including as Deputy Laboratory Director for Science at Argonne National Laboratory, and a Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in the Materials Science Division.
He was most recently selected to the National Academy of Sciences and has also been invited to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the American Physical Society, and the National Academy of Engineering.
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Matthew Tirrell is an American chemical engineer. In 2011 he became the Founding Pritzker Director and Dean of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, in addition to serving as senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. In 2019, IME became the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Tirrell was named Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor and Dean. Tirrell's research specializes in the manipulation and measurement of polymer surface properties, polyelectrolyte complexation, and biomedical nanoparticles.Source: Wikipedia
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