Dr. Orlin Velev received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, while also spending one year as a researcher in Nagayama Protein Array Project in Japan. After graduating in 1996, Velev accepted a postdoctoral position with the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware. He initiated an innovative program in colloidal assembly and nanomaterials and was promoted to research faculty in 1998. In 2001 formed his new research group in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, where he was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure in 2006, to full professor in 2008 and to Invista chaired professor in 2009. He has contributed more than 130 publications, which have been cited more than 8100 times, and has presented more than 160 invited presentations at major conferences and at universities and companies. Recent awards include NSF Career, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, Sigma Xi, Ralph E. Powe, NC State Alcoa Distinguished Engineering Research, NC State Innovator of the Year and election to an ACS Fellow.
Velev has established a record of innovative research in the area of nanostructures with electrical and photonic functionality, biosensors and microfluidic devices. He has been the first to synthesize “inverse opals”, one of the most widely studied types of photonic materials today. He also pioneered principles for microscopic biosensors with direct electrical detection, discovered techniques for electric field assembly of nanoparticle microwires and biosensors and investigated novel types of self-assembling supraparticles, Janus particles, rod-like particles and nanofibers. Recently Velev’s group also reported new studies where external fields power self-propelling devices, acting as prototypes of autonomous microrobots, micropumps and micromixers for lab-on-a-chip devices.