Presented by the Chicago Section
of the American Chemical Society
|Gibbs Medal Awardee:||
| Samuel Latham Mitchill Professor of Chemistry|
“Benjamin Franklin and J. W. Gibbs”
Date: Friday, May 15, 2009 Location: Lincolnshire Marriott
Lincolnshire, IL 60561
Time: 6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Presentation
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Introducing Professor Brus: Mark Ratner, Northwestern University
Presentation of the medal: Joe Francisco, President-Elect, American Chemical Society
Cost: $50.00 for members of ACS and their guests,
$25 for students, unemployed or retired members of the Chicago Local Section
The History of the Willard Gibbs Award
For his leading role in the creation of chemical quantum dots. Brus’ work led to a general understanding of how semiconductor nanocrystals, with increasing size, evolve electronically into bulk semiconductors. His group developed the basic models, mechanisms, and methods for nanocrystal synthesis, processing, and characterization that are widely used today.
Benjamin Franklin and Josiah Williard Gibbs were both revolutionary American Scientists. Their backgrounds, personalities, approaches to science and personal lives could not have been more different. I will discuss the men and their science in this short after-dinner talk.
Biographical Sketch of Professor Louis Brus:
Lou Brus has a BA from Rice University and a PhD from Columbia University, both in Chemical Physics. As a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy, he worked in the solid state and chemistry divisions of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. In 1973 he joined the research area of Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, where he became Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He returned to Columbia in 1996, where he is now S. L. Mitchill Professor of Chemistry. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 1998 was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Conferences. In the 1980s he pioneered research in colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals exhibiting quantum size effects. He has won the APS Langmuir Prize, the ACS Chemistry of Materials Prize, and the OSA Wood Prize. In 2008 he received the first Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. His present interests include carbon nanotubes and graphene, transition metal oxide nanocrystals, and chemical applications of local electromagnetic fields.
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