John Rogers Ph.D.

Position Department / Business Unit
Founder Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science, Engineering, and Chemistry Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Beckman Institute
Institution Disciplines
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics Chemistry Engineering
City State / Provence
Urbana Illinois
Country Website
U.S.A. link

Professor Rogers received degrees in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.

Career Highlights

Rogers worked as a Junior Fellow at Harvard University and launched the start-up company Active Impulse Systems in Natick, Massachusetts. The company was acquired in whole by Philips in 1998. Rogers joined Bell Laboratories in 1997 and most recently served as their Director of Condensed Matter Physics Research. He joined the faculty at UIUC in 2003. In addition to his 120+ publications, he has nearly 60 patents and patent applications in areas ranging from acoustics to neural networks to nanofabrication to fiber optics and organic electronics. More than 30 of these are licensed or in active use. He and his research group have received many honors for their research, including awards for technologies that will change the world from MIT’ Technology Review Magazine (microfluidic fiber optics; 2004) and Business 2.0 Magazine (electronic paper displays; 2003), the Circle of Excellence Award from Photonics Spectra Magazine (tunable dispersion compensator; 2002), several R&D100 Awards from R&D Magazine (2001, 2002), American Chemical Society Award for Team Innovation (2002), and many others. Their research has been featured on the covers of recent issues of Applied Physics Letters, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Physics Status Solidi A, Journal of Polymer Science, Materials Today, MRS Bulletin, and other publications.


Rogers was named a Robert B. Woodward Scholar by Harvard University (2001) and was selected by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the top 100 young engineers (2000) and by MIT's Technology Review magazine as one of the top 100 young innovators for the 21st century (1999). He was most recently selected as a 2004 Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech Researcher Award Runner-up.

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