Charles Schroeder has been selected as the first James Economy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. This honor is given in recognition of his distinguished scholarly achievements and leadership in the areas of polymers and soft materials.
Professor Schroeder holds appointments and affiliations with several other departments on campus, including Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Bioengineering, and the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology. He leads the Molecular Science and Engineering theme at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and he is an affiliate of the Illinois Materials Research Laboratory and a member of the Biosystems design group at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
He is a leader in precise single molecule techniques to interrogate materials properties ranging from non-equilibrium dynamics to charge transport, extending the field of single polymer dynamics to new materials. Professor Schroeder has been recognized by several awards, including the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, the Arthur B. Metzner Award from the Society of Rheology, and a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.