Nanotech 2004 Conference Technical Program Speaker Biography
Charles M. Lieber was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1959. He attended Franklin and Marshall College for his undergraduate education and graduated with honors in Chemistry. After doctoral studies at Stanford University and postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, he moved in 1987 to the East Coast to assume an Assistant Professor position at Columbia University. Here Lieber embarked upon a new research program addressing the synthesis and properties of low-dimensional materials. Lieber moved to Harvard University in 1991 and now holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, where is the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, and the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. At Harvard Lieber has pioneered the synthesis of a broad range of nanoscale materials, the characterization of the unique physical properties of these materials, and the development of methods of hierarchical assembly of nanoscale wires, together with the demonstration of applications of these materials in nanoelectronics, nanocomputing, biological and chemical sensing, and nanophotonics. Lieber has also developed and applied a new chemically sensitive microscopy for probing organic and biological materials at nanometer to molecular scales. This work has been recognized by a number of awards, including the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2004); Scientific American Award in Nanotechnology and Molecular Electronics (2003); World Technology Award in Materials (2003); New York Intellectual Property Law Association Inventor of the Year (2003); APS McGroddy Prize for New Materials (2003); Harrison-Howe Award (2002); MRS Medal (2002); Feynman Award in Nanotechnology (2001), NSF Creativity Award (1996), and ACS Pure Chemistry Award (1992). Lieber is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, and serves on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of a number of science and technology journals. Lieber has published more than 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the principle inventor on more than 20 patents. In his spare time, Lieber founded a nanotechnology company, NanoSys, Inc., with the modest goal of revolutionizing commercial applications in chemical and biological sensing, computing, photonics, and information storage.