Honors and Awards: Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Mentor Award - 2016, YSEA “Advancement of Basic and Applied Science” Award - 2016, Hendrick C. Van Ness Award - 2015, American Physical Society John H. Dillon Medal - 2015, National Academy of Engineering/von Humboldt Frontiers of Engineering Speaker - 2015, Lange Lectureship - Materials Department - UCSB - 2013, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award - 2012, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award - 2012, Dow Distinguished Lectureship - UCSB Materials Research Lab - 2011, Yale College Arthur Greer Memorial Prize - 2010, National Science Foundation CAREER award - 2008
Research Expertise: Polymers and Molecular Materials, Soft Matter and Complex Fluids
Chinedum received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 2003. He leads an experimental research group focused on structure and dynamics of soft matter and complex fluids. Topics of interest include structure-property relationships in ordered soft materials, directed self-assembly of block copolymers and other soft mesophases, and rheology and slow dynamics of disordered systems. Chinedum is interested in structure, dynamics and functional properties of soft materials and complex fluids. This encompasses a broad range of topics, including: self-assembly of soft materials and nano-structures; processing polymers to create functional materials and structures; pattern formation in soft matter by novel application of external fields, such as chemical surface forces, magnetic fields and periodic pressure gradients; scattering methods to study structure and properties of soft matter; and rheological investigation of dynamics in complex fluids.
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 1996 – Cornell University
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 2003 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology