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Simon Rogers

Associate Professor

Primary Affiliation

Artificial Intelligence for Materials


Status Affiliate Faculty

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  • Biography

    Simon A. Rogers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Simon Rogers uses experimental and computational tools to understand and model advanced colloidal, polymeric, and self-assembled materials. Simon A. Rogers investigates the fundamental physics behind time-dependent phenomena exhibited by soft matter under deformation for biomedical, energy, and environment applications. He joined the department in 2015. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Foundation for Research and Technology in Crete, the Jülich Research Center in Germany, and the Center for Neutron Research at the University of Delaware.


    • B.Sc. (Honors) Physics, Victoria University of Wellington, 2002

    • Ph.D. Physics, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2011

  • Honors
    • 2022: I.C. Gunsalus Scholar (for scholars in the life and physical sciences)

    • 2019: National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    • 2018: New Investigator Award, ACS, Petroleum Research Fund

    • 2013: Second place prize for post-doc poster competition

    • 2011: Bingham Fluid Medal for outstanding conference contribution

    • 2011: Award for outstanding young researcher oral presentation

  • Research

    Research Areas:

    • Energy and Sustainability

    • Biomolecular Engineering

    • Soft Matter and Advanced Materials

    • Computational Engineering

    Research Interests:

    • Colloidal suspensions

    • Polymers

    • Complex fluids

    • Nonlinear rheology 

    • Hybrid scattering techniques

    In the Rogers lab for Soft Matter Research at the University of Illinois, they use a variety of experimental and computational tools to understand and model advanced colloidal, polymeric, and self-assembled materials for biomedical, energy, and environment applications. Much of the research is collaborative with investigators and institutions from around the world. Their research is multidisciplinary, sitting at the interface of chemical engineering, materials science, and soft matter physics. Their primary field of study is rheology, the science of the flow and deformation of soft matter, where they seek to understand and control non-Newtonian fluids. They use the new concepts developed from their experiments to inform and improve the latest theories. They have made advances in fundamental understandings of basic measurements as well as developing models specific to particular classes of materials.

  • 2018

    • B. M. Rauzan, S. E. Lehman, J. M. McCracken, J. Lee, X.-M. Lin, A. Sandy, S. Narayanan, S. A. Rogers, and R. G. Nuzzo “A Printing-Centric Approach to the Electrostatic Modification of Polymer/Clay Composites for Use in 3D Direct-Ink Writing” Advanced Materials Interfaces, 1701579 (2018).
    • J. D. Park and S. A. Rogers “The transient behavior of soft glassy materials far from equilibrium”, Journal of Rheology, 62, 869 (2018).
    • S. A. Rogers “Large amplitude oscillatory shear: Simple to describe, hard to interpret”, Physics Today, 71 (7), 34 (2018).
    • Yongbeom Seo, Jiayu Leong, Jun Dong Park, Yu-Tong Hong, Sang-Hyon Chu, Cheol Park, Dong Hyun Kim, Yu-Heng Deng, Vitaliy Dushnov, Joonghui Soh, Simon Rogers, Yi Yan Yang, Hyunjoon Kong, “Active biofilm removal with self-locomotive bubbling microcleaner” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 10 (42), 35685–35692 (2018).


    • C-W. Lee and S. A. Rogers “A sequence of physical processes quantified in LAOS by continuous local measures”, Korea-Australia Rheology Journal 29(4), 269-279 (2017).