The Soft Matter Editorial Board have chosen Professor Patrick Doyle as the recipient of this year’s Soft Matter Lectureship. This annual Lectureship was established by the journal in 2009 to honour a younger scientist who has made a significant contribution to the soft matter field. We would like to thank everyone who nominated someone – there was an excellent group of candidates this year – and contratulate Professor Doyle.
Patrick S. Doyle is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Doyle’s research focuses on fundamental and applied topics in soft matter. Much of his research is in the realms of micro/nanofluidic technologies, DNA biophysics, and rheology. By combining theory, simulation and experiments, he has shed new light on the polymer dynamics of DNA in highly confined geometries and under complex electric fields. His group has also invented microfluidic technologies to produce highly structured hydrogel microparticles for both fundamental colloidal studies and applications, such as multiplexed biomolecule sensing, drug delivery and catalysis.