Eckhardt Research Center

Engineering the Future

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up.

We apply molecular-level science to the design of advanced devices, processes, and technologies. Organized by interdisciplinary research themes, we seek to develop solutions to important societal issues and to educate the next generation of leaders in the fast-growing field of molecular engineering.

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By the Numbers

  • 40+

    Faculty at PME

  • 280+

    patents held by faculty members

  • 8+

    Science and engineering fields represented

Dean Matthew Tirrell

Meet the Dean

Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, joined Pritzker Molecular Engineering in 2011.

As the Founding Pritzker Director and Dean of PME, he helped establish the first engineering program at the University of Chicago and launch the first school in the nation dedicated to molecular engineering.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.

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Our faculty and students have access to world-class, state-of-the-art facilities both on the University of Chicago campus and at Argonne National Laboratory.

PME also boasts several core facilities, including the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility and the Soft Matter Characterization Facility, that provide specialized tools and equipment which individuals in academia, industry, and government can access to pursue cutting-edge research and make groundbreaking innovations.

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PME makes resources available to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Use the links below to find materials you need, including safety information, logos and templates, as well as annual and quarterly reports.

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Contact Us

PME is headquartered in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC), 5640 S. Ellis Avenue, on the University's Hyde Park campus.

For questions about our PhD programs, please contact

For questions about our Master of Engineering degree, please contact

For human resources and faculty affairs, including recruitment questions, please contact Santana Bradford.

For information about campus, maps, and getting to the University, visit the UChicago Visitor's Page.

For administration, visit our Staff Directory page.

For general questions about PME, please contact 773.834.2943.