Paul Braun

Role: Ivan Racheff Professor of Engineering

Partner: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paul Braun is the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is also a member of the Department of Chemistry and the Beckman Institute.

Paul started his career at Illinois in 1999 after earning a PhD in materials science from the University of Illinois and a postdoc at Bell Labs. His research group studies the synthesis, fabrication, and properties of three dimensionally structured materials with a focus on systems which exhibit powerful self-healing, electrochemical, and optical properties not present in their unstructured equivalents. 

Paul’s research and teaching awards include:

  • Beckman Young Investigator Award (2001)
  • 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2001)
  • Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS (2002)
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2004, 2009)
  • University Scholar (2006)
  • Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award (2010)
  • DARPA Defense Science Study Group (2010)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010)
  • Illinois MatSE Young Alumnus Award (2011)
  • Fellow, Materials Research Society (2017)