Making and Using Functional Nanostructures

2007 Seaborg Symposium


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R. Stanley Williams is an HP Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and founding Director (since 1995) of the HP Quantum Science Research (QSR) group. He received a B.A. degree in Chemical Physics in 1974 from Rice University and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley in 1978. He was a Member of Technical Staff at the AT & T Bell Labs from 1978-80 and a faculty member (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCLA from 1980-1995. His primary scientific research during the past thirty years has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics, and their applications to technology. This has evolved into the areas of nanostructures and chemically-assembled materials, with an emphasis on the thermodynamics of size and shape. Most recently, he has examined the fundamental limits of information and computing, which has led to his current research in nano-electronics and nano-photonics. He has received numerous awards for business, scientific and academic achievement, including the 2004 Herman Bloch Medal for Industrial Research, the 2000 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics, the 2000 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He has been awarded fifty-seven US patents with more than forty pending, and he has published over 300 papers in professional scientific journals. One of his patents was named as one of five that will "transform business and technology" by MIT's Technology Review in 2000. He has presented hundreds of invited plenary, keynote and named lectures at international scientific, technical and business events, including the 2003 Joseph Franklin Lecture at Rice University, the 2004 Debye Lectures at Cornell University, the 2004 Bloch Lecture at the University of Chicago, and the 2005 Carreker Engineering Lecture at Georgia Tech.