Brad Chmelka received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 under the supervision of Profs. Clayton Radke and Eugene Petersen. He was a NSF Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Chemistry at UC-Berkeley with Prof. Alexander Pines and an NSF-NATO Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung in Mainz, Germany with Prof. Hans Wolfgang Spiess. He has received a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Award, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Award, and the Braskem Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and has been an invited professor at universities in France, Sweden, Israel, and Spain. He is Co-Director of the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, a research consortium with MIT and Caltech, based at UCSB. His research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to develop and understand at a molecular level, novel heterogeneous materials for energy applications.