Nano*High - March 28, 2009:
Mike Crommie - "Convenient or Inconvenient? The Truth about Carbon and Nanoscientists"
While carbon emissions pose a problem as contributors to global climate change, the carbon atom is a nano-scientist's best friend. Carbon is a favorite building block for constructing three-dimensional nano-structures. Professor Mike Crommie discusses how his laboratory studies the properties and applications of carbon structures like diamond, graphene, fullerenes, and nanotubes.
Mike Crommie received a B.S. degree in physics from UCLA in 1984 and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1991. He was a post-doc at IBM Almaden for two years before becoming an Assistant Professor in the Physics Dept. at Boston University in 1994. He moved his laboratory to the UC Berkeley Physics Deptartment in 1999 when he joined the faculty as an Associate Professor. Awards and honors include a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1994), the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for 1993-94, and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1997).
Main research interest is in exploring the local electronic properties of atomic-scale structures at surfaces. Also interested in studying how local interactions between atomic-scale structures affect the morphology and dynamics of mesoscopic systems. The primary experimental tool is the ultra-high vacuum cryogenic scanning tunnelling microscope, which can be used to both fabricate atomic-scale structures and probe them spectroscopically.
Sally Nasman, Organizer
Nano*High gratefully acknowledges QB3, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosystems for providing the lecture hall on the University of California Berkeley campus.
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