Prize Recipient

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Phaedon Avouris
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center


"For fundamental pioneering contributions to nanostructures and atomic-scale phenomena at surfaces."


Phaedon Avouris is currently manager of Nanometer Scale Science and Technology at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He received his B. S. degree from the Aristotelian University in Greece in 1968 and his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University in 1975. 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 laser spectroscopy, surface physics and chemistry, scanning tunneling microscopy and manipulation with proximal probes. His current research focuses on the electrical 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 American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the World Technology Network. He received 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 four IBM Corporation "Outstanding Technical Achievement" awards.

Selection Committee:

Geraldine L. Richmond (Chair), Mark Ratner (12/02), Louis E. Brus ('01 Rcpnt) (12/02), Steven Sibener (V Chair) (12/04), John Weeks (12/04)