Phaedon Avouris is currently manager of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. He received his B. S. degree from the Aristotelian University in Greece and his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University. After postdoctoral work at UCLA and AT&T Bell Laboratories he joined the Research Division of IBM in 1978.
Over the years, his research has involved a wide variety of subjects including surface physics and chemistry, scanning tunneling microscopy and atom manipulation with proximal probes. His current research focuses on the electrical and electro-optical properties and transport mechanisms in carbon nanotubes, molecular wires and other nanostructures. The work includes the design, fabrication and study of model carbon nanotube and molecular electronic devices.
Dr. Avouris has published about 300 scientific papers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society, the AAAS, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the World Technology Network. He received the Irving Langmuir Prize of the American Physical Society, the Medard W. Welch Award of the American Vacuum Society, the Feynman Prize for Molecular Nanotechnology, the ACSIN Nanoscience Prize, the Distinguished Alumnus award from Michigan State University and several IBM Corporation ÒOutstanding Technical AchievementÓ awards.