Steven J. Sibener, the Carl William Eisendrath Distinguished Service Professor in Chemistry and The James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago, has made seminal contributions to a wide variety of forefront areas of modern chemistry encompassing chemical physics, surface and materials chemistry, catalytic reaction kinetics, polymeric systems, and nanoscience. His contributions have focused on elucidating the atomic-level dynamical properties of interfaces, as well as the chemical processes and transformations that occur on such interfaces. Molecular beam scattering, scanning probe microscopy imaging, numerical simulations and theory all play prominent roles in his research. He is especially proud of the accomplishments achieved by the many outstanding postdoctoral fellows, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students who have participated in his research program.
Amongst his many honors are the Marlow Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been twice elected a Visiting Fellow of the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics.
He has served as Director of The James Franck Institute, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the Center for Materials Chemistry in the Space Environment, and the founding Director of the multi-university NSF Center for Energetic Non-Equilibrium Chemistry at Interfaces. He has chaired the two faculty committees that recommended forming the new Institute for Molecular Engineering and defined its ambitious horizons. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), as well as Director of the University of Chicago's IME Water Research Initiative.
Sibener received his Sc.B. in chemistry and B.A. in physics, both with honors, from the University of Rochester, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Yuan T. Lee. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories.