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Michael J. Sailor
Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Member, Executive Steering Committee, Materials Science Division
University of California, San Diego
Professor Michael J. Sailor received a B.S. in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 1983 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University in 1988. His Ph.D. thesis work involved the synthesis of organometallic metal clusters, in the laboratory of professor Duward Shriver. He then did postdoctoral research studying semiconductor photoelectrochemistry with professor Nathan S. Lewis at Stanford and at Caltech. He began his faculty appointment in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego in 1990, becoming Associate Professor in 1994 and Full Professor in 1996.
Professor Sailor is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the UCSD Materials Science division, and he is on the editorial advisory boards of Advanced Materials, J.C.S. Chemical Communications, and Nanotechnology Newsletter. He is the author of over 100 research publications, in subjects related to nanotechnology, materials chemistry, sensors, and electrochemistry. He has 28 patents or patents pending, 21 of which have been licensed to established or startup-stage companies. He has supervised over 100 undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research students.
Professor Sailor’s research focuses on the chemistry, electrochemistry, and photophysics of nanophase semiconductors, with emphasis on sensors, photonic crystals and biomaterials. His research is directed towards applications in medical diagnostics, high-throughput screening, and low-power sensing of toxins, pollutants, biomarkers, and chemical or biological warfare agents.
Awards and Recognition
Professor Sailor is an expert on nanophase materials and sensor technologies. He has served on several Federal and State government advisory panels, consults to the Department of Defense and a variety of high-tech and biotech companies. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, and has been the subject of articles in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Economist, Discover magazine, Science News, Wired magazine, and the Associated Press, among others.
Speaking in the special symposium on Nanotechnology for Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment.
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