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John L. Anderson, Ph.D.

John L. Anderson
IIT President
Professor of Chemical Engineering


Perlstein Hall, Room 223






Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana (Chemical Engineering, 1971)
M.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana (Chemical Engineering, 1969)
B.S. from University of Delaware, Newark (Chemical Engineering, 1967)


  • Electrokinetic phenomena
  • Electrophoresis of complex particles
  • Transport in porous media and gels
  • Membrane separations
  • Fluid dynamics at low Reynolds numbers
  • Bioengineering


National Academy of Engineering

Fellow of The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

National Science Board, 2014-2020

National Engineering Award, American Association of Engineering Societies, 2012

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001

Award for “Outstanding Professional Accomplishments in the Field of Academics,” AIChE, Pittsburgh Section, 1999

Alumni Wall of Fame, University of Delaware, 1993

National Academy of Engineering, 1992

Andreas Acrivos Professional Progress Award of AIChE, 1989

Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1982–1983 at MIT


“Electrokinetic- and Thermocapillary-Flow-Driven Aggregation of Particles and Bubbles on Surfaces,” in Transport Processes in Bubbles, Drops, and Particles, D. De Kee and R. P. Chhabra, editor, Taylor & Francis, p. 55–78, (2002) (with P. J. Sides, H. Kasumi, S. A. Guelcher, and Y. E. Solomentsev).

“Electrophoresis of Complex and Interacting Particles,” in Interfacial Electrokinetics and Electrophoresis, A. V. Delgado, editor, Marcel Dekker, p. 147–172, (2001) (with D. Velegol and Y. Solomentsev).

“Electrophoresis of Nonuniformly Charged Chains,” in Macro-ion Characterization: From Dilute Solutions to Complex Fluids, K. S. Schmitz, editor, American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., (1994) (with Y. Solomentsev).


“Diffusion of Insulin-like Growth Factor-I and Ribonuclease Through Fibrin Gels,”Biophysical Journal, 92, 4444–4450 (with J. V. Nauman, P. G. Campbell, and F. Lanni).

“Solvent Effects on the Permeability of Membrane Supported Gels,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 41, 464–472 (2002) (with K. Buehler).

“Two-Particle Dynamics on an Electrode in ac Electric Fields,” Advances in Colloid & Interface Science, 96, 131–142 (2002) (with J. Kim, S. Guelcher, and S. Garoff).

“Effects of Zeta Potential and Electrolyte on Particle Interactions on an Electrode Under ac Polarization,” Langmuir, 18, 5387–5391 (2002) (with J. Kim, S. Garoff, and P. J. Sides).

“Two-Particle Dynamics On Electrodes,” Electrophoretic Deposition: Fundamentals and Applications, Proceedings Volume 2002–21, 191–197, (2002) (with J. Kim, S. Garoff, and P. J. Sides).

“Aggregation of Pairs of Particles on Electrodes During Electrophoretic Deposition,”Powder Technology, 110, 90–97, (2000) (with S. Guelcher and Y. Solomentsev).

“Measuring Colloidal Forces Using Differential Electrophoresis,” Langmuir, 16, 7, 3372–3384 (2000) (with D. Velegol and S. Garoff).

“Aggregation Dynamics for Two Particles During Electrophoretic Deposition at Steady Fields,” Langmuir, 16, 9208–9216 (2000) (with Y. Solomentsev, S. A. Guelcher, and M. Bevan).

“Thermocapillary Flow and Aggregation of Bubbles on a Solid Wall,” J. Colloid and Interface Science, 232, 111–120 (2000) (with H. Kasumi, Y. E. Solomentsev, S. A. Guelcher, and P. J. Sides).

“Tangential Forces Between Non-Touching Colloidal Particles,” Physical Review Letters, 83, 1243–1246 (1999) (with D. Velegol, S. Catana, and S. Garoff).