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Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

A creator of color-changing tattoo inks and shape-shifting molecular machines, chemist/artist Carson Bruns uses nanoscience to invent new materials and technologies. He has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including the celebrated book The Nature of the Mechanical Bond: From Molecules to Machines, with Nobel Laureate J. Fraser Stoddart. Dr. Bruns is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering with the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he directs the Emergent Nanomaterials Lab. His groundbreaking work on biomedical tattoos for human health has been featured in his popular TEDx talk, as well as in Inked Magazine, Chemical and Engineering News, and Colorado Public Radio.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder


  • 2013 
    Northwestern University, PhD / Organic Chemistry