Abraham D. Stroock

Gordon L. Dibble ’50 Professor
Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


After completing a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Cornell, Abraham Stroock spent two years in France. There he worked in the research division of Electricite de France and completed a master’s degree at the University of Paris VI and XI in Solid State Physics. He then returned to the US to pursue a PhD in the Chemistry department at Harvard University with George Whitesides. In the winter of 2003, he joined the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University as an Assistant Professor. He is the recipient of the Henry and Camille Dreyfus New faculty award (2003), the Office of Naval Research’s Young Investigator award (2004), the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2006), the Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award (2006), MIT Technology Review’s TR35 list of top innovators under 35 (2007), and the NSF CAREER Award (2008), Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award (2009), and the Van Ness Lectureship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2010).

Research Interests

The Stroock lab focuses on manipulating dynamics and chemical processes on micrometer scales. Current efforts in the lab relate to 1) the study and application of mechanisms for manipulating liquids inspired by plants, 2) fundamental studies of the properties of liquid water at negative pressure, 3) studies of the biophysical processes that control vascular development and applications of these processes in tissue engineering, and 4) theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies of fluid mechanical processes on small scales for chemical process.

Teaching Interests

ChemE 7770 – Advanced Principles of Biomolecular Engineering

Service Interests

Policy Committee, CBE

Selected Publications

  • Sundararajan , P., Abraham Duncan Stroock.  2012.”Transport Phenomena in Chaotic Laminar Flows.” Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 3: 473-496.
  • Chen, I. T., A. Pharkya, Abraham Duncan Stroock.  2014. “Analysis of Superheated Loop Heat Pipes Exploiting Nanoporous Wick Membranes.”  AIChe Journal 60: 762-777.
  • Choi, N. W., S. S. Verbridge, R. Williams, Jin Chen, J.-Y. Kim, R. Schmehl, C. Farnum, W. Zipfel, C. Fischbach-Teschi, Abraham Duncan Stroock.  2012″Phosphorescent nanoparticles for quantitative measurements of oxygen profiles in vitro and in vivo.” Biomaterials 33(9): 2710-2722.
  • Da Mota, Nicolas, David A. Finkelstein, Joseph D. Kirtland, Claudia A. Rodriguez, Abraham Duncan Stroock, H. Abruña.  2012.”Membraneless, Room-Temperature, Direct Borohydride/Cerium Fuel Cell with Power Density of Over 0.25 W/cm2.” Journal of the American Chemical Society 134 (14): 6076-6079.
  • Zheng, Y., J. Chen, M. Craven, N. W. Choi, S. Totorica, A. Diaz-Santana, P. Kermanie, B. Hempstead, C. Fischbach, J. A. Lopez, Abraham Duncan Stroock.  2012.”In vitro microvessels for the study of angiogenesis and thrombosis.”  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (24): 9342-9347.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Van Ness Lectureship (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) 2010
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award (Dreyfus Foundation) 2009
  • New York State, NYSTAR, J.D. Watson Investigator Award (NYSTAR) 2007
  • NSF CAREER Award (National Science Foundation) 2007
  • MIT Technology Review TR35 List of Top Young Innovators (MIT Technology Review) 2007


  • B.A .(Physics), Cornell University, 1995
  • M.S. (Solid State Physics), University of Paris, 1997
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), Harvard University, 2002