Alex Schrader

Graduate Student Researcher



Alex's research focuses on hydration on a molecular level. The question he is most concerned with is how and why are hydrophilic surfaces hydrated in both biological systems as well as non-biological or inorganic systems? He is working on solving this mystery by performing DNP measurements and surface force measurements. Apart from this, he works on the correlattion of measurements of water diffusivity with surface forces specifically for hydrated hydrophilic surfaces.


  • 2008 - 2012: B.S., Chemistry, B.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Advisors: Prof. Frank Bates and Prof. George Barany)
  • 2012 - 2017: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California - Santa Barbara (Coadvisors: Prof. Jacob Israelachvili and Prof. Songi Han)



  • 2017: Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, University of California - Santa Barbara