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Schroeder receives 2013 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

Assistant Professor Charles Schroeder in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering received a 2013 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.

Schroeder, who was nominated for the award by Professor Humin Zhao, was recognized for his research on using molecular engineering to study the dynamics of soft materials and to develop new techniques for biological imaging.

Assistant Professor Charles Schroeder received a 2013 College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research
Assistant Professor Charles Schroeder received a 2013 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

Schroeder’s research relies on manipulating and measuring the properties of single molecules, including single polymers and proteins, in order to discover new physical and biological phenomena.

He says he is honored and humbled to receive the award that recognizes his research program. 

“The award is a reflection of the supportive environment that fosters excellence in research at Illinois,” he said. “This campus is an ideal place for high-quality research and teaching, with top-notch facilities and outstanding colleagues across the fields of engineering and natural sciences. I look forward to continuing our work at Illinois.”

Schroeder received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley before joining the faculty at Illinois in 2008.

He says the success of his research program is a direct consequence of the supportive culture.

“The cutting edge of chemical science research lies in the manipulation and measurement of single molecules,” Schroeder said. “Molecular processes hold the key to understanding and optimizing cellular function and for developing advanced materials with desired functionality. Major challenges in molecular engineering include imaging single molecule events such as sub-cellular chemical reactions and bridging the gap between molecular phenomena and bulk-scale behavior.”

Schroeder’s research directly addresses these issues by pioneering a unique and powerful brand of molecular engineering that allows for the control and manipulation of single molecules. The ability to engineer molecular properties characterizes three areas of his research program: ultra-resolution imaging of cellular events, molecular rheology, and microfluidic nanoparticle trapping.

This prestigious award is given annually to four assistant professors in the College of Engineering, in recognition of their outstanding research conducted during the previous year. Schroeder received his award on April 29 at the Engineering at Illinois Faculty Awards Ceremony.