Alshakim Nelson received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004, where he worked with Sir J. Fraser Stoddart on carbohydrate-containing polymers and macrocycles. He was then an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology working for Professor Robert Grubbs on olefin metathesis catalysts for the formation of supramolecular ensembles. Dr. Nelson joined IBM Almaden Research Center in 2005 as a Research Staff Member where he focused on the synthesis of nanomaterial building blocks that enabled large area nanomanufacturing via self-assembly. In 2015, Dr. Nelson joined the faculty at the UW, where his interdisciplinary research group focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and processing of stimuli-responsive materials for 3D printing. These materials are centered around applications in medicine, soft robotics, sensors, and sustainability. His honors and awards include recognition as an IBM Master Inventor, ACS PMSE Young Investigator, Kavli Foundation Fellow, NSF CAREER award, and 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.
- Alshakim Nelson named MolES Director of Education - November 3, 2020
- Alshakim Nelson promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure - April 24, 2020
- First-of-its-kind hydrogel platform enables on-demand production of medicines and chemicals - February 4, 2020
- Alshakim Nelson receives NSF CAREER Award - May 26, 2018
- Recent work by Alshakim Nelson published in The Economist - August 6, 2017