Richard McCullough

Richard McCullough

  • Vice Provost for Research
  • Vice Provost for Research, Harvard University


Richard McCullough—a nationally recognized leader in interdisciplinary science, research, and entrepreneurship—joined the SEAS faculty in 2012 as a professor of materials science and engineering when he was appointed the University’s Vice Provost for Research. Prior to his Harvard appointment, McCullough had spent more than two decades at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, variously serving as Vice President for Research, Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and head of the chemistry department.

McCullough’s research has principally been focused on developing printable electronic materials and other classes of materials, including regioregular polythiophenes, conductive polymers, nanoelectronic materials, and printable metals.

He has founded two companies—Plextronics Inc. and Liquid X Printed Metals.

Contact Information

Office:Holyoke Ctr. Suite 836
Office Phone:(617) 496-9566

Positions & Employment

Prior to being named Vice Provost for Research, at Harvard, Richard McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, where he also had served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and head of the Department of Chemistry. As Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon, McCullough, whose research has principally been focused on developing printable electronic materials, founded two companies: Plextronics Inc, and Liquid X Printed Metals. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Advanced Materials.


2013     Elected Member of the National Academy of Inventors

2007     American Chemical Society Pittsburgh Award

2006     Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year Award

             Carnegie Science Center's Awards of Excellence

2005     Alumni Achievement Award, University of Texas, Dallas

2002     American Chemical Society Akron Award

1992     AT&T Special Foundation Award

1987     Sarah and Adolph Roseman Achievement Award in Research and Teaching