The James Franck Professor
Department of Chemistry and the College
Wenbin Lin’s research efforts focus on designing molecular materials for sustainability and human health. His group has worked on a variety of research areas, including nonlinear optical materials, porous materials
for catalysis and separation, solar fuels, and nanomedicine. Lin’s group
has published over 210 peer-reviewed papers, and he has won numerous professional honors for his contributions to the rational design of functional molecular materials, including a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award,
an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Chicago, he was the Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry (College of
Arts and Sciences) and Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics (School of Pharmacy) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was also a member of its Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Biomedical Research Imaging Center.
Lin obtained a BS from the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China, and received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University before being appointed as an assistant professor at Brandeis University.
Lin joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.