Markus J. Buehler

Dr. Markus Buehler is a distinguished Professor, Researcher and Research Advisor, Scientist, Composer, Author, Editor, Symposium organizer, Keynote Speaker, and former Head of Department, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, Cambridge. Markus J. Buehler (Ph.D.) has worked in bio‐inspired nanotechnology, sustainable and scalable for large volume materials’ applications, with focus on material science of natural, biological and synthetic materials and on mechanical, thermal and optical properties and biologically inspired and biomimetic de novo material design from atoms to structures in the context of civil and environmental engineering.

Working at the interface of art and science, he is also known as a composer of experimental music with an interest in sonification, whereby he developed a method to translate material structure into musical form and vice versa, realizing a materialization of sonic information in biomaterials protein design, and the development of the materiomusical compositional technique.

He has been the editor of a number of journals and chaired many international conferences and committees. His scholarly work includes more than 450 articles in journals like Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and others, with about 30,000 citations.

He is the recipient of the Alfred Noble Prize, the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the Leonardo da Vinci Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young researchers. He was selected as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher for producing multiple highly cited papers ranking in the top 1% for a publication field, and has secured the 68th rank in the nanoscience category in 2020’s World Ranking of Scientists (top 2%) by Stanford University