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Oral-History:Matthew Tirrell

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About Matthew Tirrell

Tirrell was born in 1950 in New Jersey. He went to Northwestern for a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, to the University of Massachusetts for his PhD. There he specialized in polymers, advised by Stan Middleman. His thesis was on mechanical stresses on enzymes. He went to the University of Minnesota immediately after his PhD and stayed there until a recent move to the University of California Santa Barbara, rising into senior academic and administrative positions. His research has included shear flow damage to blood cells, polymer adsorption on (polymer) surfaces, figuring out how to measure polymer adsorption, adhesion (wounds, plastic), colloidal stabilization, figuring out how to make block co-polymers (“stickers”) that don’t adsorb with one another unstably, polymerization moderling, bio-interfaces, biological adhesion, and peptide architecture.

About the Interview

MATTHEW TIRRELL:An Interview Conducted by Frederik Nebeker, IEEE History Center, 7 December 2000

Interview #410 for the IEEE History Center, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Inc., and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Copyright Statement

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It is recommended that this oral history be cited as follows:
Matthew Tirrell, an oral history conducted in 2000 by Frederik Nebeker, IEEE History Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.


Interview: Matthew Tirrell
Interviewer: Frederik Nebeker
Date: 7 December 2000
Place: Santa Barbara, California