Julia Ortony

  • Finmeccanica Career Development Professor of Engineering
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2005
  • Ph.D. Materials Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011

Energy; Environment; Materials Chemistry; Nanotechnology; Self Assembly

Julia Ortony

Research

Professor Ortony’s research group focuses on molecular design and synthesis and development of advanced characterization strategies, creating new soft nanomaterials while controlling their internal dynamic behavior. The group applies these new materials to tackle problems related to energy and the environment.

Recent News

Profs. Hosler, Lechtman, and Ortony receive J-WAFs awards

This year, seven new projects led by eleven faculty PIs across six MIT departments will be funded with two-year grants of up to $200,000, overhead free. The winning projects include a silk-based food safety sensor; research into climate vulnerability and resilience in agriculture using…   more

New Faculty

Three new faculty members have joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. We're excited to see them flourish and grow as professionals helping teach the next generation of materials scientists! Please join us in welcoming our newest faculty…   more

Publications

2018

T. Christoff-Tempesta, Lew, A., and Ortony, J., “Beyond Covalent Crosslinks: Applications of Supramolecular Gels”, Gels, vol. 4. p. 40, 2018.

2017

E. Deiss-Yehiely, Ortony, J. H., Qiao, B., Stupp, S. I., and de la Cruz, M. O., “Ion condensation onto self-assembled nanofibers”, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, vol. 55. pp. 901-906, 2017.
J. H. Ortony et al., “Water Dynamics from the Surface to the Interior of a Supramolecular Nanostructure”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139. pp. 8915-8921, 2017.
E. Deiss-Yehiely, Ortony, J. H., Qiao, B., Newcomb, C. J., Stupp, S. I., and de la Cruz, O., “Ion condensation onto self-assembled nanofibers”, Polymer Science, vol. 55. pp. 901-906, 2017.
J. H. Ortony et al., “Water dynamics from the surface to the interior of a supramolecular nanostructure”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139. pp. 8915-8921, 2017.

2016

F. Tantakitti et al., “Energy landscapes and functions of supramolecular systems”, Nature Materials, vol. 15. pp. 469-476, 2016.

2014

J. H. Ortony et al., “Internal dynamics of a supramolecular nanofibre”, Nature Materials, vol. 13. pp. 812-816, 2014.
C. J. Newcomb et al., “Cell death versus cell survival instructed by supramolecular cohesion of nanostructuresl”, Nature Communications, vol. 5. 2014.
J. H. Ortony et al., “Fluidity and water in nanoscale domains define coacervate hydrogels”, Chemical Science, vol. 5. pp. 58-67, 2014.

2013

J. H. Ortony, Hwang, D. S., Franck, J. M., Waite, H., and Han, S., “Asymmetric Collapse in Biomimetic Complex Coacervates Revealed by Local Polymer and Water Dynamics”, Biomacromolecules, vol. 14. pp. 1395-1402, 2013.
N. Stephanopoulos, Ortony, J. H., and Stupp, S. I., “Self-assembly for the synthesis of functional biomaterials”, Acta Materialia, vol. 61. pp. 912-930, 2013.

2011

J. H. Ortony et al., “Self-Assembly of an Optically Active Conjugated Oligoelectrolyte”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 133. pp. 8380-8387, 2011.
J. H. Ortony et al., “Probing the hydration water diffusion of macromolecular surfaces and interfaces”, New Journal of Physics, vol. 13. 2011.

2008

J. H. Ortony, Yang, R., Brzezinski, J. Z., Edman, L., Nguyen, T. -Q., and Bazan, G. C., “Thermophysical properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes”, Advanced Materials, vol. 20. p. 298 - +, 2008.