Materials Research Laboratory
MRL Bldg., Office 3105
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070
Professor Fredrickson’s group conducts a broad range of research activities in theoretical and computational polymer science, many of these aimed at understanding self-assembling polymers and complex fluids, and especially block copolymer systems. A computational tool that is unique to the group is the "Field-Theoretic Simulation" technique, which is a numerical procedure for simulating statistical field theory models of complex polymer formulations. The group also maintains strong interactions with experimental teams in academia and industry throughout the world.
Professor Fredrickson obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1984 and subsequently joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was named Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1989. In 1990 he moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), joining the faculties of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Departments. He served as Chair of Chemical Engineering from 1998 to 2001 and in 2001 founded the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM). Professor Fredrickson currently holds the Mitsubishi Chemical Endowed Chair in Functional Materials and serves as MC-CAM Director, and Director of UCSB’s Complex Fluids Design Consortium. Recent honors include the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society, the Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering of the American Chemical Society, the Alpha Chi Sigma Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Collaboration Success Award of the Council for Chemical Research, and election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering USA.