Ronald Reifenberger joined Purdue in 1978. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics, Purdue University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1976. Reifenberger has been active in research at the nanoscale since 1986 when he and his students first designed and built a scanning tunneling microscope at Purdue. He has been a co-organizer of the European Trends in Nanotechnology Conference since its inception in 2000 and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He served as a committee member on the “APEC Foresight Committee on Nanotechnology, the Technology for the 21st Century”. He has also received the distinguished Physics alumnus award from his alma mater (John Carroll University) in Cleveland OH.
Reifenberger’s recent research interests include the unique properties of carbon nano-petals for next-generation capacitors and batteries, the surface characterization of catalytic materials, bacterial sensing using immutable ligands, and advanced applications of scanning probe microscopy. His office is located in the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park at Purdue University.