jonathon dordick

Jonathon Dordick

Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Vice President of Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


B.A. Brandeis University, Biochemistry and Chemistry
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biochemical Engineering
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biochemical Engineering


Dr. 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 of Pharmacy.

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 served as chairman of the division of biochemical technology of the ACS in 1992, and presently 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 195 papers; and holds 28 patents.

Research Interests

  • Biocatalysis in nonaqueous media
  • Molecular bioprocessing
  • Biocatalytic materials and coatings
  • Combinatorial biocatalysis

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.


2007 Marvin J. Johnson Award, American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology
2007 Elmer Gaden Award, American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology
2007 School of Engineering Research Award, RPI
2004 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2003 International Enzyme Engineering Award
2003 School of Engineering Research Award, RPI
2000 Alan Berman Research Publications Award, U.S. Dept. of Defense
1998 American Chemical Society Iowa Section Award
1998 Who’s Who in America
1996 Elected Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers
1996 Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
1993 Leo Rettger Society Lecturer, American Society of Microbiology, Connecticut Chapter
1992 Chairman, Div Biochemical Technology, American Chemical Society
1991 Observer, National Academy of Sciences, IUPAC Meeting, Hamburg
1991 U.S. Delegate, US-Korea Joint Seminar on Bioprocess Technology
1989 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation
1989 Faculty Scholars Award, University of Iowa
1989 NASA Technical Innovation Brief
1988 Old Gold Summer Faculty Fellowship, University of Iowa
1983 Interox Predoctoral Fellowship, MIT


Jonathon Dordick

Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Room 4005
Troy, New York 12180

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