Olvera de la Cruz Group

Northwestern University
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
2220 Campus Drive
(Office: 4621 Silverman Hall)
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: (847) 491-7801

Monica Olvera de la Cruz

Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Director of the Center for Computation and Theory of Soft Materials
Co-Director of the Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science

Other Affiliations:
The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP)
International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN)
Applied Physics Graduate Program
Materials Research Center

Curriculum Vitae (needs Adobe Reader)

Biography Educational Activities Awards and Service

Awards and Significant Honors/Services

2017 Polymer Physics Prize, American Physical Society

2015-2016 Miller Institute Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley.

2015-2020 International Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.

2015-Present Senior Editor, ACS Central science

2014-2017 National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering.

2013-2017 Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, Department of Energy.

2013 Derieux Lecture, Department of Physics, North Carolina State University, Nov. 11 2013.

2013- Advisory Committee, Northwestern University Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)

2013 co-Chair, NSF Workshop on Opportunities in Theoretical and Computational Polymeric Materials and Soft Matter, Santa Barbara, CA, October 20-22

2013 co-Chair, Fifth Biennial Principal Investigators’ Meeting in “Biomolecular Materials”, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division (MSED) in the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES), Gaithersburg, MD, August 19-21.

2013 co-Chair, Evolution of Colloidal Matter, New York City, NY, June 27-29

2013-14 Committee on Key Challenge Areas for Convergence and Health, National Research Council

2013 Distinguished Lecturer, Mathematical Physical Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation,  April 22, 2013

2012 Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences

2012 Committee on Societal Benefits from Condensed Matter and Materials Research, National Research Council

2011 Fay Ajzenberg-Selove Colloquium Speaker, Physics Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2010 Special Civil Merit Award, State of Guerrero, Mexico

2010 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow

2010-2012 Chair, Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee, National Research Council, Academy of Science

2010-2015 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship

2009-2015 Board of Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences

2008-10 Vice-Chair, Solid State Science Committee, National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences

2008-09 Chair, NSF-MRSEC Directors Executive Committee

2008 Dow Distinguished Lecturer (Graduate Students Diversity of Science), University of California Santa Barbara

2007 Engineering and Applied Sciences Cozzarelli Prize, Proceeding of the National Academies

2007-09 Chair, Division of Materials Research Advisory Committee, National Sciences Foundation

2007-09 Research at the Intersection of Physical and Life Sciences Committee, National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences

2007-08 Advisory Panel on Light Source Facilities

2006-08 Leadership Council, National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nano-Science and Engineering (NCLT), National Science Foundation

2005-08 Solid State Science Advisory Committee, National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences

2005-09 Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation

2005-06 North American Lectures in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, San Lius Potosi and Guanajuato Universities, Mexico

2005 Baetjer Lectures, Princeton University

2003 Visiting Professor, Service de Physique Theorique, Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, CE-Saclay, France

2001 Fellow of the American Physical Society

1999-06  Director- Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Minority Research Initiative (MRI), Northwestern University (30 to 40 students per year recruited and tutored)

1997-04 Director & Co-Founder - Integrated Graduate Program to Prepare Educators of Materials Technologists, Northwestern University (created the degree, recruited and mentored the students and raised funds for tuition and stipend for gifted students1997-04: Mireya Garcia (1999), Howard Gholston (2000), Manuel Bahamon (2000), Roberto Mendoza (2000), Patricia Valenzuela (2001) and Nikkia McDonald (June 2002))

1995-97 Scientific Member, Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, CE-Saclay, France

1993 Visiting Scientist, Service de Chimie Moleculaire, Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, CE-Saclay, France

1990-95 Presidential Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation)

1990-92 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship

1989-94 David and Lucile Packard Fellowship 1988-93 FIRST Award (National Institutes of Health)

1981-84 UNAM scholarship from the Direccion General de Asuntos del Personal Academico, Mexico, held at Cambridge University, England

1982-84 Overseas Research Scholarship award (ORS-award) England, Cambridge University, England

1981-82 Graduate Studies Fellowship, Trinity College, Cambridge University, England (declined)

1979-81 Conacyt-UNAM scholarship award, Mexico, held at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

Editorial Boards: Macromolecules, Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, Annual Review of Materials Research.