Past Funded Researchers

Portrait of Bradley Olsen

Bradley Olsen

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Alexander and I. Michael Kasser (1960) Professor
  • Graduate Admissions Co-Chair

Professor Olsen earned his S.B. in Course 10 (Chemical Engineering) from MIT in June 2003 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Berkley in December 2007. Olsen’s interest in polymer science has been longstanding, starting with a high school science fair project on conductive dendrimer films. His current research interests are broadly clustered in the areas of soft condensed matter physics and macromolecular physics, including liquid crystals, biomaterials, colloids, and polymers. He is particularly interested in how biosynthesis can be used as a natural green chemistry for the preparation of designer polymeric materials, how controlled polymerization through biology can give us unique materials that provide insight into polymer physics, and the unique physics of self-assembly in complex protein nanostructures for biotechnology and energy applications.

J-WAFS-funded projects