Vinothan Manoharan, chemical engineer and expert in the physics of self-assembly, has been granted tenure at Harvard University. He holds a joint appointment at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in the as Gordon McKay Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics.
Manoharan’s research focuses on understanding how some systems can spontaneously create order out of disorder. Self-assembling structures are common in nature, and Manoharan hopes to understand the physics behind that organizational process.
"If we can understand the general rules in nature, it should be possible for us to design synthetic systems that self-assemble," says Manoharan. "That could lead to an entirely new way to make materials and devices."