Steve Granick

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
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Professor Granick directs the IBS Center for Soft and Living Matter, an interdisciplinary blue-sky research center in South Korea that pursues basic science research. During the period 1985-2014 he was fulltime at the University of Illinois, most recently as Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Holding and having held Honorary and Visiting Positions at multiple universities in Europe and Asia, he has core experience in science globalization.

Research Interests

  • Active matter, living matter, self-assembly, materials

Research Description

Granick is the author of more than 300 scientific articles and has made fundamental contributions to the chemistry and physics of soft materials. His research interests range from the study of active matter to the chemistry and physics of visualized macromolecules, vesicles, and supracolloidal materials. Granick and his research team work across disciplines to explore imaging, assembly, behavior and interactions of molecules, colloidal particles, and their assemblies. In the most recent activities, they are interested in many instances of molecular mobility measured at the single-molecule level, including active matter and transport in living cells. Also of interest are Janus colloidal particles, their self-assembly at rest and driven outside equilibrium, and active enzymes.


  • B.A. Princeton University (1978); Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (1982)

Distinctions / Awards

  • Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • National Surface and Colloid Science Prize, American Chemical Society
  • National Polymer Physics Prize, American Physical Society
  • Paris-Sciences Medal