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Sharon Glotzer | Faculty

Sharon Glotzer

Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Professor: Material Science & Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Physics

NCRC B10-A177
(734) 615-6296
sglotzer@umich.edu

 

 

Ever since she was a child, Professor Sharon Glotzer knew she wanted to be a scientist. Despite lacking government grants and outside funding, she was already determined at a young age to overcome all obstacles and conduct her own research.

"I borrowed a microscope from my elementary school to take home," she recalls, laughing, "and then I just never gave it back. I would go get pond water and make slides, and I would go around the house and take blood from my little brother and look at it under the microscope. I thought it was the coolest thing ever."

Professor Glotzer now conducts research through more official means, and her passion hasn’t faded one bit. After obtaining a PhD in Physics from Boston University, she worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington D.C. before coming to U-M. She manages The Glotzer Group, a research laboratory on campus that studies nanoparticles and molecular self-assembly.

In particular, Professor Glotzer focuses on the force entropy exerts on nanoparticles. "It’s very common for people to immediately associate entropy with disorder," she notes. "But it also happens that entropy can actually be the reason for a system to order rather to be disordered, and that fact is not widely appreciated."

"There are so many ways of being a scientist or engineer. There are so many different topics and so many different approaches that it’s important to choose something that you can’t imagine not doing because you love it that much."
Sharon Glotzer

In better understanding entropy and self-assembly, Professor Glotzer and her group aim to uncover ways to engineer new materials with unique properties. Potential applications include the engineering of improved solar cells, new batteries, or even materials with "cloaking" invisibility attributes and shape-shifting materials.

"A lot of this research is in the distant future," she says, "but the fundamental principles of self-assembly that my students and I are discovering are laying the foundation for that future."

Looking back on her childhood, Professor Glotzer doesn’t believe she anticipated reaching this point in her career. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in California, she enjoyed skateboarding, surfing, playing guitar and horseback riding. Although she dreamed of being an astronaut or curing cancer, she had yet to find a clear path.

"At that time, I had no experience. I didn’t know what happened at universities," she says. "I was too young, and we didn’t have a lot of college graduates in my family. And I was the oldest [child]."

Professor Glotzer encourages current graduate and undergraduate students to explore options until finding the field of study that they are passionate about.

"There are so many ways of being a scientist or engineer. There are so many different topics and so many different approaches that it’s important to choose something that you can’t imagine not doing because you love it that much."

Short Bio

EDUCATION

Boston University
PhD Physics '93
MA Physics '90

University of California, Los Angeles
BS Physics Hon. '87

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD
Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL)
Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science (CTCMS)

  • Director, February 1997 - December 2000
  • Deputy Director, January 1995 - February 1997
  • Co-founder and Acting Deputy Director, August 1994 - January 1995

National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD
Polymers Division, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL)

  • Physicist, January 1995 - December 2000
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, January 1993 - January 1995

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009 – Present

Professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005 – 2009

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005 - Present

Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005 - Present

Professor of Physics
Physics Department, College of LS&A
with Applied Physics affiliations
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005 – Present

Associate Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, College of LS&A
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002 - 2005

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001 – 2005

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001 - 2005

Associate Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001 - 2005

Adjunct Professor, Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST)
University of Maryland, College Park, 1999 - 2000

PhD Advisor, Chemical Physics Program
University of Maryland, College Park, 1999 - 2000

Selected Honors & Awards

  • National Academy of Sciences, elected Member 2014.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2013.
  • Simons Investigator, named July 2012 to inaugural class. Funded 2012 – 2017.
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected Member 2011.
  • Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professorship, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2009 – present.
  • National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow, Department of Defense, 2009-2014.
  • Charles M.A. Stine Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Materials Engineering & Sciences Division, 2008.
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2006.
  • Monroe-Brown Foundation Research Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2006.
  • Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies 2006-2007 Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan.
  • W.F. James Chair of Pure and Applied Sciences, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2004-2006.
  • Departmental Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004.
  • American Physical Society Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award, 2000.
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 1998.
  • National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow, Department of Defense, 2009-2014.

For a more complete list of Prof. Glotzer's honors and awards and for additional information, please see her CV.

Research & Teaching

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The ability to manipulate matter at the molecular, nanoparticle, and colloidal level to create "designer" structures; the fundamental principles of how nanoscale systems of building blocks self-assemble; controlling the assembly process to engineer new materials; and more.

For further information on Prof. Glotzer's research, please visit the research page on The Glotzer Group's website.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • ChE 341: Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics
  • ChE 538: Graduate Statistical and Irreversible Thermodynamics
  • ChE/MSE 557: Computational Nanoscience of Soft Matter
  • ChE 696: Assembly Engineering

Selected Publications

JOURNAL PAPERS

  • Xingchen Ye, Jun Chen, Michael Engel, Andres J. Millan, Wenbin Li, Liang Qi, Guozhong Xing, Joshua E. Collins, Cherie R. Kagan, Ju Li, Sharon C. Glotzer and Christopher B. Murray, “Competition of shape and interaction patchiness for self-assembling nanoplates,” Nature Chemistry, Online 12 May 2013. DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.1651. Cover article June 2013.
  • Aayush A. Shah, Benjamin A. Schultz, Kevin L. Kohlstedt, Sharon C. Glotzer and M.J. Solomon, “Synthesis, assembly and image analysis of spheroidal patchy particles”, Langmuir, Langmuir, 29 (15), 4688-4696, (2013). DOI: 10.1021/la400317t.
  • K.L. Kohlstedt and S.C. Glotzer, “Self assembly and tunable mechanics of reconfigurable colloidal crystals, “ Physical Review E 87, 032305 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.87.032305
  • L.C. Hsiao R.S. Newman, S.C. Glotzer and M.J. Solomon, “Role of isostaticity and load-bearing microstructure in the elasticity of yielded colloidal gels,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 109 (40) 16029- 16034 (2012). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1206742109
  • C.L. Phillips and S.C. Glotzer, “Effect of nanoparticle polydispersity on the self-assembly of polymer tethered nanospheres,” J. Chem. Phys., 137 (10) 104901 (2012). DOI: 10.1063/1.4748817
  • C.L. Phillips, E. Jankowski, M. Marval and S.C. Glotzer, “Self-assembled clusters of spheres related to spherical codes,” Phys. Rev. E, 86 (4) 1124 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.86.041124
  • E.S. Cho, J. Kim, B. Tejerina, T.M. Hermans, H. Jiang, H. Nakanishi, M. Yu A.Z. Patashinkski, S.C. Glotzer, F. Stellacci, and B.A. Gryzbowski, “Ultrasensitive detection of toxic cations through changes in the tunnelling current across films of striped nanoparticles,” Nature Materials, 11 (11), 978 – 985, (2012). Online 9 Sep 2012. DOI:10.1038/nmat3406. Cover article.
  • N. Nguyen, E. Jankowski, and S.C. Glotzer, “Thermal and athermal three-dimensional swarms of self-propelled particles,” Phys. Rev. E, 86 011136 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.86.011136
  • P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel and S.C. Glotzer, “Predictive Self-Assembly of Polyhedra into Complex Structures,” Science, 337 453-457, (2012). DOI: 10.1126/science.1220869
  • C.L. Phillips, J.A. Anderson, G. Huber and S.C. Glotzer, “Optimal Filling of Shapes,” Phys. Rev. Lett, 108, 198304 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.198304
  • I. Pons-Siepermann and S.C. Glotzer, “Design of Patchy Particles using Quaternary Self- Assembled Monolayers,” ACS Nano, 6 (5), 3919-3924, (2012). DOI: 10.1021/nn300059x.
  • I. Pons-Siepermann and S.C. Glotzer, “Design of Patchy Particles using Ternary Self-Assembled Monolayers,” Soft Matter 8 (23), 6226-6231, (2012). DOI:10.1039/C2SM00014H. Top ten most accessed article, May 2012.
  • A. Santos, J.A. Millan and S.C. Glotzer, “Faceted patchy particles through entropy-driven patterning of mixed ligand SAMS,” Nanoscale, 4 (8), 2640-2650, (2012). online 24 Feb 2012 (2012). DOI: 10.1039/C2NR11737A
  • A. Shah, H. Kang, K.H. Ahn, K. Kohlstedt, S.C. Glotzer, C. Monroe, and M.J. Solomon, ”Liquid Crystal Order in Colloidal Suspensions of Spheroidal Particles by Direct Current Electric Field Assembly,” Small 8 (10), 1551-1562, (2012). DOI: 10.1002/smll.201102265. Cover article.
  • E. Jankowski and S.C. Glotzer, “Screening and designing patchy particles for optimized self- assembly propensity through assembly pathway engineering,” Soft Matter 8 (10), 2852-2859, (2012). DOI: 10.1039/c2sm07101k. Selected as “Hot Article.”
  • G. van Anders and S.C. Glotzer, “DNA Nanotechnology: The World’s Smallest Assembly Line,” Nature Chemistry, 4, 79-80 (2012).
  • S.C. Glotzer, “Nanotechnology: Shape Matters,” Nature 481, 450-452 (2012).

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • S.C. Glotzer, A.S. Keys and E.R. Jankowski, “Challenges to Structure Prediction and Structure Characterization at the Nanoscale,” Characterization of Materials, 2nd Edition. Editor-in-chief: E Kaufmann. (published online Oct 2012). DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com114
  • C.R. Iacovella and S.C. Glotzer, “Assemblies of Polymer-Based Nanoscopic Objects,” Comprehensive Polymer Science, 2nd Edition. Editors-in-chief: Kris Matyjaszewski and Martin Möller. Volume on Polymer Nanostructures, edited by E. Kumacheva and T. Russell (Elsevier, 2012).
  • E.R. Chan, A. Striolo, C.M. McCabe, S.C. Glotzer, and P.T. Cummings, “A course-grained force field for simulating polymer-tethered nanoparticle self assembly in solution,” Multiscale Modeling. G. Voth, editor, 2008.

For a more complete list of Prof. Glotzer's publications, please see her CV.