Debye Visiting Chair

The Debye Visiting Chair is a six-week chair for an eminent scientist in the field of Catalysis, Colloids or Nanophotonics.  As part of their tenure at the Debye Institute, the visiting professor gives six lectures and a colloquium.

The 2019 Debye Visiting Chair is Joanna Aizenberg.

Professor Aizenberg is Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University's department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Dr. Aizenberg is one of the pioneers of the rapidly developing field of bioinspired materials design. The lab pursues a wide range of research interests that include biomineralization, self-assembly, adaptive materials, crystal engineering, surface wettability, nanofabrication, biooptics, biomaterials, and biomechanics.

Previous Debye Visiting Chairs include:

  • 2017: Prof. Peng Chen (Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, USA)
  • 2016: Prof. Otto L. Muskens (School of Phyics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK)
  • 2015: Prof. Roberto Piazza (Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Politecnic University of Milan, Italy)
  • 2014: Prof. Miquel Costas (Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Girona, Spain)
  • 2013: Prof. Daniel Gamelin (Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, USA)
  • 2012: Prof. Christophe Delerue (University of Lille, France / National Center for Scientific Research, France)
  • 2009: Prof. David Pine (Center for Soft Matter Research, Department of Physics, New York University, USA)
  • 2004: Prof. Christopher B. Murray (Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, USA)