Prof. Osuji

Lab PI

Office: 302 Mason Lab

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Yale University

9 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven CT 06511

Phone: (203) 432-4357; Fax: (203) 432-4387



Post-doctoral associate, Applied Physics, Harvard University

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

B.S., Materials Science and Enginering, Cornell University

Curriculum Vitae (CV)



NSF CAREER Award 2008

Yale College Arthur Greer Award 2010

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator 2012

3M Nontenured Faculty Award 2012

American Physical Society Dillon Medal 2015

Hendrick C. Van Ness Award 2015

Chinedum Osuji is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Prof. Osuji received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University with a senior thesis on the use of random copolymers for polymer interface reinforcement supervised by Prof. Edward J. Kramer. He received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 2003 for studies of structure-property relationships and self-assembly of liquid crystalline block copolymers, supervised by Prof. Edwin L. Thomas. After leaving MIT, Prof. Osuji spent 2.5 years working as a Senior Scientist at a start-up company, Surface Logix Inc., where he conducted research on the use of soft lithography, microfluidics and surface patterning for the fabrication of cell-based assays, planar waveguides and other applications. Prof. Osuji conducted post-doctoral work on shear induced structure formation and dynamics of colloidal gels with Prof. David A. Weitz in Applied Physics at Harvard from 2005-2007.

In 2007, he joined the faculty at Yale University. He leads an experimental research group focused on structure and dynamics of soft matter and complex fluids. Topics of interest include structure-property relationships in ordered soft materials, directed self-assembly of block copolymers and other soft mesophases, rheology and slow dynamics of disordered systems, and the role of particle deformability on suspension rheology. Highlights of ongoing work include the development of self-assembled polymer nanocomposites for use as active layers in hybrid organic solar cells, fabrication of polymer membranes for selective transport by directed self-assembly, the design of microfluidic mimics of vascular structures for model studies of red blood cell mechanics, and elucidation of shear thickening and shear-induced structuring in particulate suspensions. These efforts have important implications in energy generation, water purification, the design of microfluidic assays for cell health and the handling of particulate laden complex fluids, as relevant in the manufacture of many consumer products such as shampoos, toner inks and cosmetics. Prof. Osuji is the recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (2008) and the 2010 Arthur Greer award of Yale College. He received an Office of Naval Research's Young Investigator award and a 3M Nontenured Faculty award in 2012. He is the 2015 recipient of the Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society and the 2015 Hendrick C. Van Ness Award. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Yale Science and Engineering Association’s Award for Advancement of Basic and Applied Science, and the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Mentor Award.

Prof. Osuji is from Trinidad and Tobago and completed his schooling there before coming to the US for college. He represented his country in Taekwondo at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, before retiring from international competition in 2007. Apart from Taekwondo, Prof. Osuji enjoys playing chess and keeping up with technology.

Supramolecular polymers

Directed self-assembly of soft mesophases

Nanocomposites and functional materials for clean energy and water generation

Rheology and microfluidic flows of complex fluids

High magnetic fields are used to align lyotropic mesophases. Studied by SAXS Highly anisotropic vorticity aligned flocs of carbon black particles

Our work is made possible by the kind support of these organizations
National Science FoundationChevron CorporationYale Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum EngineeringAmore Pacific logoYale CRISP MRSEC logo


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