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Eric M. Furst

Professor & Department Chair


  • Post-Doctorate – 2001 Institut Curie, Paris, France
  • Doctorate – 2000 Stanford University
  • Masters – 1996 Stanford University
  • Bachelors – 1995 Carnegie Mellon University

About Eric M. Furst

Eric M. Furst serves as Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. Furst received his BS with University Honors in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty at Delaware, he studied biophysics as a postdoctoral fellow at Institut Curie, Paris. His research interests span a range of topics in soft matter science and engineering, but focus in particular on colloid science and rheology. He recently co-authored the book Microrheology for Oxford University Press. He is the recipient of the 2013 Soft Matter Lectureship Award, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Select Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.

  1. E. M. Furst and T. M. Squires, “Microrheology,” Oxford University Press, New York (2017)
  2. H. Kim,Y. Cang, E. Kang, B. Graczykowski, M. Secchi, M. Montagna, R. D. Priestley, E. M. Furst, and G. Fytas, “Direct observation of polymer surface mobility via nanoparticle vibrations”, Nature Comm (2018)
  3. M. A. Woldeyes, W. Qi, V. Razinkov, E. M. Furst, and C. J. Roberts, “How well do low- and high-concentration protein interactions predict solution viscosities of monodonal antibodies?”, J. Pharm. Sci. (2018)
  4. K. Nagy-Smith, P. J. Beltramo, E. Moore, R. Tycko, E. M. Furst, and J. P. Schneider, “Molecular, local, and network-level basis for the enhanced stiffness of hydrogel networks formed from co-assembled racemic peptides: Predictions from Pauling and Corey”, ACS Central Science 3, 586, (2017)
  5. T. A. Prileszky and E. M. Furst, “Fluid networks assembled from endoskeletal droplets”, Chem. Mater.28, 3734, (2016)
  6. P. J. Beltramo, D. Schneider, G. Fytas and E. M. Furst, “Anisotropic hypersonic phonon propaga- tion in films of aligned ellipsoids”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 205503, (2014)
  7. J. W. Swan, P. A. Vasquez, P. A. Whitson, E. M. Fincke, K. Wakata, S. H. Magnus, F. De Winne, M. R. Barratt, J. H. Agui, R. D. Green, N. R. Hall, D. Y. Bohman, C. T. Bunnell, A. P. Gast and E. M. Furst, “Multi-scale kinetics of a field-directed colloidal phase transition”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109, 16023, (2012)
  8. J. D. Forster, J. G. Park, M. Mittal, H. Noh, C. F. Schreck, C. S. O’Hern, H. Cao, E. M. Furst and E. R. Dufresne, “Assembly of optical scale dumbbells into dense photonic crystals”, ACS Nano 5, 6695, (2011)
  9. M. Grzelczak, J. Vermant, E. M. Furst and L. M. Liz-Marzan, “Directed self-assembly of nanoparticles”, ACS Nano 4, 3591, (2010)
  10. T. H. Larsen and E. M. Furst, “Microrheology of the liquid-solid transition during gelation”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 146001, (2008)

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For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.

  1. Chaire Joliot, Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris: 2014
  2. Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (NASA: 2014)
  3. Fellow (American Chemical Society: 2014)
  4. Top Application from the International Space Station (American Astronautical Society: 2013)
  5. Distinguished Lindsay Lecture (Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University: 2013)
  6. Soft Matter Lectureship Award: 2013
  7. Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring Award (University of Delaware: 2013)
  8. Senior Thesis Mentor Award (University of Delaware: 2013)
  9. Chaire Joliot Visiting Professor, Laboratoire PMMH, ESPCI, Paris: 2010
  10. Invited Participant (National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering: 2009)

Research Areas 

Colloid and polymer physics, microrheology, active and non-linear microrheology, controlled delivery of therapeutics, cell biophysics, complex fluid structure and rheology, particulate gels, directed self-assembly.

Office: 237A CLB
Phone: 302-831-0102

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