"We're interested in electronic materials for devices that have unusual properties, including those that match the soft, curvilinear surfaces biological tissues for advanced surgical tools, wearable monitors and other biomedical systems."

John Rogers

John Rogers
Swanlund Chair, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Director, F. Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

Office 2016 Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

Telephone 217-244-4979 Fax 217-333-2736

Mail Address F. Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
104 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

jrogers@illinois.edu    Rogers research group page

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Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. During this time he also served as a founder and Director of Active Impulse Systems, a company that commercialized technologies developed during his PhD work. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He currently is Swandlund Chair Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign with a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He also holds joint appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Bioengineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory and a permanent member of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois.

Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published more than 350 papers, and is an inventor on over 80 patents and patent applications, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use by large companies and startups that he has co-founded. His research has been recognized with many awards including, most recently, the American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian Magazine (2013), Robert Henry Thurston Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2013), the Mid-Career Researcher Award from the Materials Research Society (2013), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009), the George Smith Award from the IEEE (2009), the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship from the Department of Defense (2008), the Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the University of Illinois (2007) and the Leo Hendrick Baekeland Award from the American Chemical Society (2007).  Rogers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE; 2011) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014). He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE; 2009), the American Physical Society (APS; 2006), the Materials Research Society (MRS; 2007) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2008).


We seek to understand and exploit interesting characteristics of 'soft' materials, such as polymers, liquid crystals, and biological tissues as well as hybrid combinations of them with unusual classes of micro/nanomaterials, in the form of ribbons, wires, membranes, tubes or related. Our aim is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these materials; we also develop new 'soft lithographic' and biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth. This work combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts in a way that promotes positive feedback between the two. Our current research focuses on soft materials for conformal electronics, nanophotonic structures, microfluidic devices, and microelectromechanical systems, all lately with an emphasis on bio-inspired and bio-integrated technologies. These efforts are highly multidisciplinary, and combine expertise from nearly every traditional field of technical study.


For a complete list of publications, see Rogers research group page.  

Y.M. Song, Y. Xie, V. Malyarchuk, J. Xiao, I. Jung, K.-J. Choi, Z. Liu, H. Park, C. Lu, R.-H. Kim, R. Li, K.B. Crozier, Y. Huang and J.A. Rogers, “Digital Cameras With Designs Inspired by the Arthropod Eye,” Nature 497, 95-99 (2013).

T.-I. Kim, J.G. McCall, Y.H. Jung, X. Huang, E.R. Siuda, Y. Li, J. Song, Y.M. Song, H.An Pao, R.-H. Kim, C. Lu, S.D. Lee, I.-S. Song, G. Shin, R. Al-Hasani, S. Kim, M.P. Tan, Y. Huang, F.G. Omenetto, J.A. Rogers and M.R. Bruchas, “Injectable, Cellular-Scale Optoelectronics with Applications for Wireless Optogenetics,” Science 240, 211-216 (2013).

D.-H. Kim, N. Lu. Y. Huang and J.A. Rogers, “Materials for Stretchable Electronics in Bioinspired and Biointegrated Devices,” MRS Bulletin 37, 226-235 (2012).

S.-W. Hwang, H. Tao, D.-H. Kim, H. Cheng, J.-K. Song, E. Rill, M.A. Brenckle, B. Panilaitis, S.M. Won, Y.-S. Kim, Y.M. Song, K.J. Yu, A. Ameen, R. Li, Y. Su, M. Yang, D.L. Kaplan, M.R. Zakin, M.J. Slepian, Y. Huang, F.G. Omenetto and J.A. Rogers, “A Physically Transient Form of Silicon Electronics,” Science 337, 1640-1644 (2012).

T.-I. Kim, R.-H. Kim and J.A. Rogers, “Microscale Inorganic Light-Emitting Diodes on Flexible and Stretchable Substrates,” IEEE Photonics Journal 4(2), 607-612 (2012).

J. Viventi, D.-H. Kim, L. Vigeland, E.S. Frechette, J.A. Blanco, Y.-S. Kim, A.E. Avrin, V.R. Tiruvadi, S.-W. Hwang, A.C. Vanleer, D.F. Wulsin, K. Davis, C.E. Gelber, L. Palmer, J. Van der Spiegel, J. Wu, J. Xiao, Y. Huang, D. Contreras, J.A. Rogers and B. Litt, “Flexible, Foldable, Actively Multiplexed, High-Density Electrode Array for Mapping Brain Activity In Vivo,” Nature Neuroscience 14(12), 1599-1605 (2011).

M.J. Slepian, R. Ghaffari and J.A. Rogers, “Multifunctional Balloon Catheters of the Future,” Interventional Cardiology 3(4) 417-419 (2011).

  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014)
  • American Ingenuity Award, Smithsonian Magazine (2013)
  • Named a permanent member of the Center for Advanced Study at University of Illinois, the highest form of academic recongition that can be bestowed on a member of the faculty (2013)
  • Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) (2013)
  • Robert Henry Thurston Award, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (2013)
  • Mid-Career Researcher Award, Materials Research Society (2013)
  • Swanlund Chair, University of Illinois (2012)
  • Director's Transformative Research Award, National Institutes of Health (2012)
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2012)
  • Selected by Nature as one of the top 10 scientists who mattered in 2011 (2011)
  • Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (2011)
  • MacArthur Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009)
  • George Smith Award, IEEE (2008)
  • Baekeland Award, American Chemical Society (2007)
  • Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, University of Illinois (2007)