Prize Recipient

Ivan Smalyukh

Ivan I. Smalyukh
University of Colorado at Boulder


"for outstanding contributions to the understanding of liquid crystalline materials systems"


Ivan Smalyukh graduated from Lviv Polytechnic National University in 1995 and obtained his PhD from Kent State University in 2003. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ivan joined the Department of Physics at University of Colorado Boulder as an Assistant Professor in 2007, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and to Full Professor in 2017. He is also a founding fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and University of Colorado. Ivan heads a large soft condensed matter research group with a broad spectrum of research interests, ranging from topology to self-assembly, from liquid crystals and nanoscience to renewable energy research, and from magnetism to the development of new optical imaging and trapping techniques. Smalyukh’s other recent honors include Paris Sciences Chair and CNRS Chair Awards, APS Fellow Selection by the American Physical Society, Bessel Award, DOE Career Research Award, Kavli Frontiers Fellowship, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House, NSF CAREER Award and Glenn H. Brown Prize.   

Selection Committee:

2016 Selection Committee Members: Juan de Pablo (Chair), Sue Coppersmith, Larry Hough, Todd Squires, Sandra Troian