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Denver, CO | Sunday, May 7, 2006

Short Course #1
Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes
Dirk M. Guldi and R. Bruce Weisman, Instructors

Fullerenes Session
This session will be taught by D. M. Guldi, a professor at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität
Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Erlangen, Germany;

Topics to be discussed include Fullerene Basics, such as synthesis and purification, characterization, structures, electronic properties, chemical properties, physico-chemical properties, and functionalization. Other topics include Fullerene Applications, such as photovoltaics, implications for medical research, practical applications, and industrial scale up.

Carbon Nanotubes Session
This session will be taught by R. Bruce Weisman, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA;

Topics to be discussed include Carbon Nanotube Basics, such as structures, growth and purification methods, mechanical properties, electronic properties, optical properties, characterization methods, and chemical properties and modifications. Other topics include Carbon Nanotube Applications, such as high-performance materials, field emission devices, nanoscale electronics, and biomedical uses.


About the Instructors

Dirk M. Guldi graduated from the University of Cologne (Germany) in 1988, where he received his PhD in 1990. In 1992, after a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), he took a research position at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute Berlin. After a brief stay as a Feodor-Lynen Stipend (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at Syracuse University, he joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory in 1995; he was promoted to Associate Scientist in 1996. In 1999 he completed his Habilitation at the University of Leipzig (Germany). Since 2004 he is a chaired full professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen (Germany).

Prof. Guldi has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals such as Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Accounts of Chemical Research, Journal of the American Chemical Society, etc.; and he has more than a dozen book contributions. He was awarded the Heisenberg-Prize (1999, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft); the Grammaticakis-Neumann-Prize (2000, Swiss Society for Photochemistry and Photophysics); a JSPS Fellowship (2003, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; and the JPP-Award (2004, Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines). He is Editor-in-Chief of Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures (since 2001); and a member of the International Advisory Editorial Board of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (since 2003); the Journal of Materials Chemistry (since 2004); and the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry (since 2004).

R. Bruce Weisman received a BA in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1971 and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1977. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (1977-1979). Following his appointment as an assistant professor of chemistry at Rice University in 1979, he was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and full professor in 1993. He also holds appointments in the Rice Quantum Institute, the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, and the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering. In addition, Prof. Weisman is the founder and president of Applied NanoFluorescence, LLC, a company that manufactures specialized analytical instrumentation for the nanotube community.

Prof. Weisman has received many honors. He was the Institute of Physics in Ireland Lecturer (2004-2005); the Discovery Chemistry Lecturer at DuPont Central R&D (2004); and received the Best Presentation Prize at the XVII International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials (Kirchberg, Austria, 2003). He was also an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1985-1989); a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (1977-1978); a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow (1973-1976); a University of Chicago Departmental Fellow (1971-1972); and a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (1971-1973). Weisman was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970.

Prof. Weisman has been a co-editor (2004-2006) and guest editor (2003) of Applied Physics A. In ECS, he has served as Secretary (2004-2006) and Member-at-Large (2000-2004) of the Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures Division. He has been a symposium organizer at ECS’s biannual meetings since 2000. He has served on the IEEE Standards Group for Carbon Nanotube Properties (2004); on the Scientific Review Board of the Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas (2003- ); and on a review panel of the Office of Program Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences (1992).

His current research interests are focused on basic and applied studies of carbon nanotubes using advanced optical methods.

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