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Shelley Claridge


Shelley Claridge

Purdue University, USA

Talk Title: Plenty of room at the top: Designing soft matter from molecular to macroscopic scales

Shelley Claridge has a highly interdisciplinary nanomaterials background, working as a software engineer for six years prior to completing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley with Paul Alivisatos and Jean Fréchet focused on nanocrystal bioconjugates.

After a postdoctoral fellowship with Paul Weiss at UCLA developing new scanning probe instrumentation, she joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2013. Her research at Purdue leverages surface science approaches in new ways, enabling hierarchical design of soft matter across length scales. Transformative aspects of her group’s work have been recognized with Young Investigator awards from NSF, DARPA (2017 Young Faculty Award and 2019 DARPA Director’s Fellowship), 3M, and DuPont (one of 8 globally in 2016), and most recently a Schmidt Science Polymaths Award (one of 10 globally across STEM fields in 2022).