Jonathan S. Dordick
Howard P. Isermann Professor and Chair, Department
of Chemical Engineering
B.A., Biochemistry and Chemistry,
Brandeis University, 1980
M.S., Biochemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, 1983
Ph.D., Biochemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, 1983
Dordick joined the Rensselaer faculty
as the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering in
1998 and is also the Howard P. Isermann Professor. He spent
nine years at the University of Iowa. He joined their staff
in 1987 as a member of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical
Engineering and was promoted to associate professor in 1991
and to full professor in 1994. He served as department chair
from 1995 to 1998. He also served as associate director of
the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing at the University
of Iowa and held a joint position in the university's Department
of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry in the College
Dordick is the associate editor for Biotechnology
and Bioengineering (1996 to present), and is a member
of the editorial boards for several publications, including
Enzyme and Microbial Technology (1993 to present);
the Journal of Industrial Microbiology (1996 to 2000);
the Journal of Environmental Polymer Degradation (1996
to present); Metabolic Engineering (2000 to present);
and Biocatalysis and Biotransformations (1996 to present).
He was the editor, patents and literature section, for applied
Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1990 to 1993), and
the associate editor, Biocatalysis and Biotransformations
(1992 to 1995).
Dordick was awarded the American Chemical
Society Iowa Section Award in 1998. He was elected a fellow
for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
in 1996. In 1992, he was the chair of the division of biochemical
technology for the American Chemical Society (ACS) and in
1991 was a delegate to the U.S.-Korea Joint Symposium on Bioprocess
Technology in Seoul. He won the National Science Foundation
Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989, the Faculty
Scholar Award from the University of Iowa in 1989 and received
a NASA Technical Brief Citation in 1989. He was the Old Gold
Summer Fellowship winner for the University of Iowa in 1988.
Dordick served as chairman of the division
of biochemical technology of the ACS in 1992, and presently
he serves on the scientific advisory boards for several biotechnology
companies. He is a co-founder of EnzyMed, Inc., a pharmaceutical
and agrochemical company; has published over 145 papers; and
holds 21 patents.
Dordick Research Group:
Dordick's group is looking at ways
to combine biomolecules such as proteins, peptides, and nucleic
acid into nanomaterial networks. The group uses biocatalysis
and biorecognition, for example, to create nanotube-protein
structures, which could be used as nanometer-sized reactors
for chemical/biological reactions. Dordick and his team are
also working to use self-assembly techniques to create new
organic-inorganic assemblies approaching biological complexity
in architecture and function. The knowledge gained by this
research group is expected to be important in such applications
as tissue engineering, catalyst arrays, heavy metal sensors,
and 3D nanofabrication strategies for electronic, magnetic,
and photonic materials.
Mary Kate Ditursi
M.-Y. Lee and J.S. Dordick, "Enzyme
Activation for Nonaqueous Media," Current Opinions
in Biotechnology, 13, 376-384, (2002).
S.J. Novick and J.S. Dordick, "Protein-Containing
Hydrophobic Coatings and Films," Biomaterials,
23, 441-448, (2002).
J. Kim, R. Delio, and J.S. Dordick, "Biocatalytic
Silicates as Active Enzyme-Inorganic Composites," Biotechnology
Progress, 18, 551-555, (2002).
Y.D. Kim, J.S. Dordick, and D.S. Clark,
"Siloxane-Based Biocatalytic Films and Paints: Versatile
Coatings for Producing Enzymatically Active Surfaces,"
Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 72, 475-482,
D.-Y. Kim and J.S. Dordick, "Combinatorial
Array-Based Enzymatic Polyester Synthesis," Biotechnology
and Bioengineering, 76, 200-206, (2001).
A. Schmid, J.S. Dordick, B. Hauer, A. Kiener,
M. Wubbolts, and B. Witholt, "Industrial Biocatalysis
Today and Tomorrow," Nature, 409, 258-267,
J. Kim, T.J. Kosto, J.C. Manimala, E.B.
Nauman, and J.S. Dordick, "Preparation of Enzyme-In-Polymer
Composites with High Activity and Stability," American
Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal, 47, 240-244,
S.J. Novick and J.S. Dordick, "Investigating
the Effects of Polymer Chemistry on the Activity of Biocatalytic
Plastic Materials," Biotechnology and Bioengineering,
68, 665-671, (2000).
X. Wu, J. Kim, and J.S. Dordick, "Enzymatically
and Combinatorially Generated Array-Based Polyphenol Metal
Ion Sensor," Biotechnology Progress, 16,
M.A. Markowitz, P.R. Kust, G. Deng, P.E.
Schoen, J.S. Dordick, D.S. Clark, and B.P. Gaber, "Catalytic
Silica Particles via Templated-Directed Molecular Imprinting,"
Langmuir, 16, 1759-1765, (2000).
Jonathan S. Dordick, Ph.D.
Howard P. Isermann Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
102 Ricketts Building
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