Matthew Tirrell

Dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
Matthew Tirrell

Research and Scholarly Interests

Biomolecular engineering, nanotechnology, polymer properties

Lab Group

What drew you to PME?

From the first I learned about UChicago’s plans to create a molecular engineering program, I was convinced that it was a revolutionary new approach to engineering research and education.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time at PME?

The main effort I have pursued is to build the faculty of PME into a powerful, distinctive team. We now have prominent, world-leading themes in three different areas of atomic- and molecular-level engineering.

Where do you see PME in 10 years?

PME will have enhanced the scope and influence of its existing themes and will have built one or two completely new directions of molecular engineering.

What breakthroughs do you anticipate will happen in your field in 10 years?

What I see happening in the next decade is the progressive convergence of the biological and physical worlds. Synthetic materials will more nearly approach the sophistication in structure and function of biological materials. We will learn how to transmit signals and information between natural physiological systems and synthetic materials. Computation will evolve into processes more akin to human cognition in the forms of neuromorphic computing, machine learning and more.

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