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

Significant Educational Extracurricular Activities

1999 - 2006 Director - Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Minority Research Initiative (MRI), Northwestern University (30 to 40 students per year recruited and tutored).
1999 - 2006 Director & Founder -Integrated Graduate Program to Prepare Educators of Materials Technologists, Northwestern University
(MS degree designed, students recruited and fund raised for tuition and stipend for gifted students).
2006 - 2008 Leadership Council, National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nano-Science and Engineering (NCLT), National Science Foundation.

Courses Taught

Phase Transformations in Materials

Statistical Mechanics

Polymers (lecture and lab course)

Solid State Physics/Physics of Solids

Principles of the Properties of Materials (lecture and lab course)

Senior Project

High Polymers in Solid State (Polymer Physics; Polymer Blends and Copolymers)

Special Topics in High Polymer Sciences (Polymer Solutions, Melts and Blends; Polymer Statistics and Dynamics; Polelectrolyte Solutions, Brushes and Gels; Networks and Membranes)