Prof. Julia Ortony
Finmeccanica Career Development Professor of Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
2005 — B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota
2011 — Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara
Bio: Professor Ortony grew up in Urbana, Illinois and completed her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. During her undergraduate years Prof. Ortony contributed to computational work in the area of metal organic frameworks under the supervision of Prof. Eric Ganz. Following her B.S., Prof. Ortony moved to U.C. Santa Barbara, and completed her Ph.D. in Prof. Songi Han’s group. For her dissertation, Prof. Ortony developed instrumentation based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy for measuring the motion of water on molecular length scales in soft matter. Prof. Ortony investigated a variety of soft materials systems during this time, including conjugated oligo- and polyelectrolytes, complex coacervates, mussel adhesion proteins, and biphasic hydrogels. Prof. Ortony’s postdoctoral research was under the guidance of Prof. Samuel Stupp at Northwestern University. There she applied her instrumentation background to dynamics characterization of supramolecular materials. Prof. Ortony joined the faculty of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in November 2015. Details about her research program can be found here.