Nicholas Peppas is the Fletcher Pratt Chair of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department. Peppas is a pioneer in the synthesis, characterization and dynamic behavior of polymer networks, especially in their swollen form, known as hydrogels. He has been the most influential scientist in the utilization of hydrogels as biomaterials, in bionanotechnology and in molecular recognition processes. He is also the leading researcher, inventor and pacesetter in the field of drug delivery and controlled release, a field that he developed into a mature area of scholarly and applied research. As an inventor of new biomaterials, he has contributed seminal work in the field of feedback controlled biomedical devices. Peppas has been recognized as one of the most cited scientists in the world with more than 66,000 citations and an H-index of 125.
Peppas was educated in chemical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (Dipl. Eng., 1971) and at MIT (Sc.D., 1973). He has honorary doctorates from the University of Ghent, Belgium, the University of Parma, Italy, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
Dr. Peppas is a member of National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the National Academy of France, the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy of Spain, the Academy of Athens, and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Sciences of Texas. He is the author or co-editor of 37 books, 1,300 publications and about 70 international patents. He is President of the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Previously, he served as President of the Society for Biomaterials, President of the Controlled Release Society, Director of AIChE, Chair of the College of Fellows of AIMBE, and the BME Chairs Council. He is Associate Editor of the Biomedical Engineering Series of Books of Cambridge University Press, and the journals Biomedical Microdevices and Pharmaceutical Research.
Peppas has been elected a Fellow of ACS, APS, AIChE, MRS, BMES, AIMBE, SFB, CRS, AAPS and AAAS. He has been recognized with more than 120 national and international awards.