Professor Rob McFarlane promoted to Associate Professor without Tenure
February 10, 2020
Professor Rob Macfarlane will be promoted to Associate Professor without Tenure, effective July 1.
Prof. Macfarlane is working at the intersection of soft matter, self-assembly, and composite materials design. His group develops design principles for synthesizing new inorganic/organic composite materials, where nanoscale structure can be manipulated to tune the emergent physical properties of a bulk material. The nanoscale building blocks he synthesizes range from inorganic nanoparticles to synthetic polymers to biomolecules like DNA. These constituents are then assembled with unprecedented control over nanoscale order to create completely new bulk materials with custom optical, chemical, electrical, and mechanical properties. The application space that stands to benefit from such materials is broad ranging, from energy conversion, to plasmonic metamaterials, electronic device fabrication, and environmental and medical technologies. Beyond his cutting edge research, Rob is also an inspiring mentor and outstanding teacher who provides links for his students between the fundamentals of materials chemistry to practical applications in polymers and biomaterials. He is an active and valued citizen of our department and his research community.
Congratulations Prof. Macfarlane for this well-deserved promotion!