Northwestern University nanotechnology researcher Chad A. Mirkin has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and professor of medicine, biological and chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering, was cited for development of DNA-programmable inorganic materials and Dip-Pen Nanolithography.

Mirkin, director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern, is known for his invention and development of biological and chemical diagnostic systems based upon nanomaterials.

He is the inventor and chief developer of Dip-Pen Nanolithography, a groundbreaking nanoscale fabrication and analytical tool, and is the founder of Nanosphere and NanoInk, two Chicago-based companies.

He also invented On-Wire Lithography, a process for fabricating and structuring nanowires. It allows individuals to construct nanostructures that are useful in many important fields, ranging from medical diagnostics to highly miniaturized electronics and computational devices.

Mirkin has been recognized with more than 50 national and international awards for his advances. Last year he was selected by the U.S. Department of Defense as an inaugural fellow in the department’s new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF) Program.

Mirkin also received, in 2004, the Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health, an honor on par with the NSSEFF Program. He is the only person to receive both awards.

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