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Samuel I. Stupp to receive Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s highest honor

November 15, 2022
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Ryan Rebholz
Communications Manager
Materials Research Society

WARRENDALE, PA—Samuel I. Stupp of Northwestern University has been selected to receive the 2022 Von Hippel Award, the highest honor given by the Materials Research Society (MRS). A Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern, he is being honored for pioneering contributions to the development and understanding of a broad range of molecularly designed supramolecular soft materials that function as bioactive scaffolds in regenerative medicine, matrices for photocatalytic activity, and stimuli-responsive robotic structures. 

Stupp will accept the honor during the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit in Boston, Massachusetts, and present his lecture, New Frontiers in Supramolecular Design of Materials, on Wednesday, November 30 at 5:15 pm (EST).  

Conferred annually, the Von Hippel Award recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers—brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines, as exemplified by the life and work of Arthur von Hippel. 

In addition to being a Board of Trustees Professor, Stupp also directs Northwestern’s Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology and the Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science, an Energy Frontiers Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He has been a pioneer in the development of self-assembling supramolecular materials and his research is currently focused on functionality relating to renewable energy, regenerative medicine, and soft matter for robotics. Materials of interest to him include supramolecular polymers, organic/inorganic hybrid materials, biomolecular structures, and soft electronic materials. 

Stupp is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Spanish Academy, the Latin American Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica, and the National Academy of Inventors. His awards include the Materials Research Society (MRS) Medal, the Nanoscience Prize of the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation, and Engineering, the Department of Energy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Materials Chemistry, the International Award from The Society of Polymer Science in Japan, the Royal Society Award in Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry, and three awards from the American Chemical Society: Polymer Chemistry, the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, and the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry.

He has received honorary degrees from Eindhoven Technical University, Gothenburg University, and the National University of Costa Rica, as well as distinguished professorships from Hong Kong University, the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (Severo Ochoa Professor), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Eindhoven Technical University, and Ecole de Physique et de Chimie in Paris.

Photo of Stupp available upon request by contacting Ryan Rebholz


About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of over 13,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans 90 countries, with approximately 45 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

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