Matthew Helgeson

Matthew Helgeson

Associate Professor
​Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering


(805) 893-3372
3337 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


US Department of Energy Early Career Award; Excellence in Teaching Award, Northrop Grumman; Early Career Development Award, National Science Foundation (NSF); Distinguished Young Rheologist Award, TA Instruments; Victor K. LaMer Award, ACS; Van Ness Award Lectures at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 


Bioengineering, Materials & Interfaces

Helgeson's research is devoted to the design and processing of complex fluids, especially those involving colloidal species (nanoparticles, emulsions, proteins, etc.) in self-assembling & structured liquids. Specifically, the group seeks to understand how well-specified mesostructure can be obtained in these fluids, and how it can be used to control the mechanical and transport properties of soft materials. Their approach involves combining experimental and theoretical tools (scattering, microscopy, rheology, statistical & colloidal thermodynamics) for multi-scale characterization and description of fluid microstructure and dynamics, ultimately to inform the molecular-level design of mesoscale structure. The group has particular expertise in developing methods for in situ monitoring of fluid microstructure during processing. Current projects include the design of functional and stimuli-responsive gels and particulates for applications in biotechnology, advanced materials and energy conversion.


PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
BS Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University