Prize Recipient

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Charles E. Sing
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


"For pioneering advances in polyelectrolyte phase behavior and polymer dynamics using theory and computational modeling."


Charles E. Sing is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S.E. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 2008 and M.S. in Macromolecular Science in 2009, both from Case Western Reserve University. In 2012, he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and the Program in Polymer Science and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the mentorship of Prof. Alfredo Alexander-Katz. Before starting at Illinois in 2014, he was an International Institute of Nanotechnology Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University with Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz. His research program uses the tools of computational and theoretical polymer physics to study a wide range of problems, including the molecular and sequence properties of polyelectrolyte solutions, the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of semidilute polymer solutions, the structure and assembly of polymers with nonlinear architectures, and charge and penetrant transport in polymers solutions and networks. Him and his team have received several awards, including the NSF CAREER Award and the ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award, and Charles has been recognized as a UIUC Helen Corley Petit Scholar and as one of AIChE's '35 under 35'. He is an active member of APS, ACS, and AIChE.