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Professor Braun received his BS degree, with distinction, from Cornell University, and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UIUC in 1998. Following a one year post-doctoral appointment at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, he joined the faculty at UIUC in 1999 as an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and a part-time faculty member of the Beckman Institute. He is the recipient of a Beckman Young Investigator Award (2001); 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2001); Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS (2002), and Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010). From the UIUC College of Engineering, he has received the Willett Faculty Scholar Award (2002), Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2004), and Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award (2010). He was named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois (2006).

Research Interests

energy storage; polymers; self-assembly; electronic materials; photonics

Professional Information

Our research program covers a wide range of materials science disciplines, with a general focus on the formation and study of nano and microstructures through self and directed assembly. The Braun group focuses on new functional materials for energy storage and solar energy harvesting, in particular on the synthesis of materials with carefully crafted 3D nano- and mesoscale architectures which lead to emergence of new optical, electrochemical, and thermal functionalities. The group also has considerable research interests in self-healing materials and materials for chemical sensing.

Honors & Awards

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010)
Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UIUC (2010)
Named on List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2009)
Xerox Award for Faculty Research, College of Engineering, UIUC (2009)
Plenary Lecturer, Composites at Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta, Canada (2009)
Accenture Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (2007)
Accenture Multi-year Faculty Achievement Award, College of Engineering, UIUC (2007)

Office Address

Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
University of Illinois
2015 MRL
104 S Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

A composite phase change material thermal buffer based on porous metal foam and low-melting-temperature metal alloy

Yang, T., Kang, J. G., Weisensee, P. B., Kwon, B., Braun, P. V., Miljkovic, N. & King, W. P., Feb 18 2020, In : Applied Physics Letters. 116, 7, 071901.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Archimedean lattices emerge in template-directed eutectic solidification

    Kulkarni, A. A., Hanson, E., Zhang, R., Thornton, K. & Braun, P. V., Jan 16 2020, In : Nature. 577, 7790, p. 355-358 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Enhanced Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Chemically Cross-Linked Carbon-Nanotube-Based Fibers and Their Application in High-Performance Supercapacitors

    Wang, G., Kim, S. K., Wang, M. C., Zhai, T., Munukutla, S., Girolami, G. S., Sempsrott, P. J., Nam, S., Braun, P. V. & Lyding, J. W., Jan 28 2020, In : ACS Nano. 14, 1, p. 632-639 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Kirigami-Inspired Self-Assembly of 3D Structures

    Abdullah, A. M., Li, X., Braun, P. V., Rogers, J. A. & Hsia, K. J., Apr 1 2020, In : Advanced Functional Materials. 30, 14, 1909888.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle