Professor Joseph Tracy, a University Faculty Scholar and professor of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
The FRSC comprises the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Past Fellows and Foreign Members have included Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein.
Tracy joined the NC State MSE faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2013 and has been a full professor since 2018. His research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, self-assembly, and applications of noble metal, magnetic, and multifunctional nanoparticles. Incorporating these materials in elastomers, shape memory polymers, and hydrogels can make them responsive to magnetic fields and light for untethered soft robotics.
Tracy received an NSF CAREER Award in 2011 and a Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2018. At NC State, he has been recognized with the 2014 Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Award, and in 2015 was selected as a University Faculty Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BS in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara in 2000. He pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.