The Brady W. Dougan Professor
Institute for Molecular Engineering
Paul Nealey is a pioneer of directed self-assembly, a technique that is becoming important in microelectronics processing to create patterns for integrated circuits. He is also a leading expert on patterning organic materials, literally creating physical patterns of structure and composition in the materials at the nanometer-length scale, where the patterns affect the function of the materials. He has embarked on many collaborative projects with Juan de Pablo, who is also new to the faculty. Much of their prior research has focused on block copolymer films, which spontaneously self-assemble to form structures with dimensions that range from three to 50 nanometers.
Nealey holds 14 patents and is the author or co-author of more than 180 publications. His many honors include fellowship in the American Physical Society, the 2010 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a 2009 Inventor Recognition Award from Semiconductor Research Corporation.
Nealey received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BS from Rice University. He also conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University.
Nealey joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.