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Nanotech Expert to Lead Materials Science and Engineering at RPI

Photonics.com
Nov 2007
RobertHull.jpgMaterials science expert Robert Hull will join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., in early 2008 to head the School of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the institute announced this week. He will also be named the Henry Burlage Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Hull will join RPI after 13 years with the University of Virginia, where he is the Charles Henderson Professor of Engineering in the school’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Hull also directed the university’s Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Science and its Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Hull is best known for his research into fundamental growth mechanisms of semiconductor films and nanostructures, and for his work in exploring potential applications of these structures to future nanoelectronic devices, work he will continue at RPI. Hull received his BS in physics and his doctorate in materials science from Oxford University. He previously worked as a researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Hewlett Packard Laboratories, including a visiting associate professorship as the NEC Chair at the University of Tokyo in Japan. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the European Academy of Sciences, past president of the Materials Research Society, and has chaired several conferences. Hull's research interests include degradation modes in electronic and optoelectronic devices, the properties of dislocations in semiconductors, nanoscale fabrication techniques, nanoscale tomographic reconstruction techniques, development of new nanoelectronic architectures, and the theory and application of electron and ion beams.


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nanotechnology
The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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