Paula T. Hammond is the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy Initiative, and a founding member of the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. She recently served as the Executive Officer (Associate Chair) of the Chemical Engineering Department (2008-2011) and is an Associate Editor for the journal ACS Nano. She earned her S.B. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984, her M.S. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988, and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1993 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Paula Hammond’s research program focuses on the self-assembly of polymeric nanomaterials; the core of her work is the use of electrostatics and other complementary interactions to generate functional materials with highly controlled architectures, including the development of new biomaterials and electrochemical energy devices. She was also appointed to the National Academy Board of Chemical Science and Technology (BCST) from 2006 to 2009. She was Chair of the AIChE Materials Science and Engineering Division (MESD), has been involved for several years in Polymer programming, and in the past has served as faculty advisor for the AIChE MIT student chapter. She received the William Grimes Award, the Distinguished Scientist Award from Harvard University, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Polymer Division of the American Chemical Society, and the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers.