Core Faculty

Chad Mirkin

Chad Mirkin

George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and (by courtesy) Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

2220 Campus Drive

Cook Hall 2036

Evanston, IL 60208

chadnano( at )


NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Penn State, State College, PA

B.S. Chemistry (Phi Beta Kappa), Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Research Interests

Our research focuses on developing methods for controlling the architecture of molecules and materials on the 1-100 nm length scale, and utilizing such structures in the development of analytical tools that can be used in the areas of chemical and biological sensing, lithography, catalysis, and optics.

Mirkin has pioneered the use of biomolecules as synthons in materials science and the development of nanoparticle-based biodiagnostics. Many of the concepts and materials developed within his laboratories are now the basis for commercial detection and lithography systems.

Significant Recognition

  • Sigma Xi 2013 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation
  • NIH Director's Pioneer Award
  • Collegiate Inventors Award
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame (2002, 2004)
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree from Dickinson College
  • Pennsylvania State University Outstanding Science Alumni Award
  • ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry
  • Dickinson College Metzger-Conway Fellowship
  • 2003 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences
  • Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology
  • Leo Hendrick Baekeland Award
  • Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40 Award"
  • Discover 2000 Award for Technological Innovation
  • I-Street Magazine's Top 5 List for Leading Academics in Technology
  • Materials Research Society Young Investigator Award
  • ACS Award in Pure Chemistry
  • PLU Fresenius Award
  • Harvard University E. Bright Wilson Prize
  • BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award
  • DuPont Young Professor Award
  • NSF Young Investigator Award
  • Naval Young Investigator Award
  • Beckman Young Investigator Award
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Significant Professional Service

  • National Academy of Engineering
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Accounts of Chemical Research
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Advanced Materials
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Chemical and Engineering News
  • Editorial Advisory Board, BioMacromolecules
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Macromolecular Bioscience
  • Editorial Advisory Board, SENSORS
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Chemistry-A European Journal
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Macro-Journals of Macromolecule
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Chemistry & Biology
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Nanotechnology Law & Business
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Cluster Science
  • Founding editor of the journal Small
  • Science Advisory Board member for the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Mirkin, Chad A.; Zhang, Chuan; Zhou, Xiaozhu; Zhou, Yu; Ku, Jessie C., “Capillary force-driven, large-area alignment of multi-segmented nanowires”, ACS Nano, (2014)
  • Schatz, George C.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Olvera De La Cruz, Monica; Dhakal, Subas; Kohlstedt, Kevin L., “Erratum: Growth dynamics for DNA-guided nanoparticle crystallization ([ACS Nano (2013) 7 (10948-10959) DOI: 10.1021/nn404476f)”, ACS Nano, (2014)
  • Blaber, Martin G.; Schatz, George C.; et al.; Senesi, Andrew J.; Young, Kaylie L., “Using DNA to design plasmonic metamaterials with tunable optical properties”, Advanced Materials, (2014)
  • et al.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Rycenga, Matthew; Kim, Donghyuk; Campos, Antonio R., “Microfluidic-SERS devices for one shot limit-of-detection”, Analyst, (2014)
  • Lifschitz, A.M.; Young, R.M.; Mendez-Arroyo, J.; Roznyatovskiy, V.V.; McGuirk, C.M., “Chemically regulating Rh(i)-Bodipy photoredox switches”, Chemical Communications, (2014)
  • Brown, Keith A.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Morris, William; Bian, Shudan; Zieba, Sylwia B., “Beam pen lithography as a new tool for spatially controlled photochemistry, and its utilization in the synthesis of multivalent glycan arrays”, Chemical Science, (2014)
  • Nguyen, Sonbinh T.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Farha, Omar K.; Thaner, Ryan V.; Eryazici, Ibrahim, “Facile one-step solid-phase synthesis of multitopic organic-DNA hybrids via "click" chemistry”, Chemical Science, (2014)
  • Schatz, George C.; Mirkin, Chad A.; Jones, Matthew R.; Park, Daniel J.; Mangelson, Bryan F., “Synthesis and characterization of a plasmonic-semiconductor composite containing rationally designed, optically tunable gold nanorod dimers and anatase TiO 2”, Chemistry of Materials, (2014)

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