December 2006 Directors' Meeting


Date: December 8, 2006 Location: NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230, USA | more info Contact person: Juan DePablo, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1415 Engineering Dr. Madison, WI 53706 Tel: (608) 262-7727 Fax: (608) 265-3782 Download Agenda .pdf


National Science Foundation, Rm. 110 Arlington, Virginia December 8, 2006 8:30 Introductory Remarks ??? Tom Rieker, Maija Kukla, and Charles Ying DMR Division Director???s Greeting ??? Lance Haworth 9:00 Irina Zaks ??? webmaster 9:15 Nate Lewis ??? CalTech 9:55 Break 10:10 Millie Dresselhaus ??? MIT 10:50 Cutler Cleveland ??? Boston University 11:30 Working Lunch ??? Dan and Brad???s Buffet ??? Hilton Hotel 1:00 Harriet Kung ??? DOE - BES 1:25 Robert Mantz ??? US Army Research Office 1:50 Valerie Browning ??? DARPA 2:15 Break 2:30 Reports from education, industry, outreach, and facilities committees 3:30 Adjourn Brief Bios of Speakers: Prof. Nathan Lewis, (, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988, and has served as Professor since 1991. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 and a tenured Associate Professor from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, and the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003. He has published over 200 papers and has supervised approximately 50 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. His research interests include Light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes. Surface chemistry: photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces. Novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites. Development of sensor arrays from these polymers that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process. Prof. Cutler Cleveland, ( is the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University. He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the Encyclopedia of Energy. Prof. Cleveland received his PhD in 1988 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His areas of interest include ecological economics, environmental science, the oil and natural gas industry, alternative energy, energy and environmental policy, natural resources and sustainable development and environmental economics. There are few issues more important and more hotly debated than the future supply of oil and natural gas. Prof. Cleveland???s research has sought to identify the economic, geological, engineering and institutional forces that determined the historic pattern of petroleum discovery and production in the U.S., and then use that information to forecast future supply. Much of this work uses time series econometric models to quantify these relationships. Prof. Cleveland???s research shows that (i) depletion effects now dominate technology effects in the discovery and production stages; (ii) models that rely exclusively on physical or economic driving forces have poorer explanatory power than those that integrate the effects of such forces, and (iii) policies that aim to subsidize or otherwise stimulate oil production in the U.S. will fail to do so in any appreciable way, and in doing so will damage the economy and the environment. Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, (, is an Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. Professor Dresselhaus has served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Treasurer of the US National Academy of Sciences, President of the American Physical Society and is currently Chair of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, as well as of the Engineering Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the IEEE, the Materials Research Society, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Carbon Society. She has received numerous awards, including the US National Medal of Science and 22 honorary doctorates worldwide. She served as the Director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy in 2000???2001. She is the co-author of four books on carbon science. Her research interests are in electronic materials, particularly in nanoscience and nanotechnology, with special regard to carbon related materials, novel forms of carbon, including, carbon nanotubes, graphene, fullerenes, porous carbons, activated carbons and carbon aerogels, as well as other nanostructures, such as bismuth nanowires and the use of nanostructures in low dimensional thermoelectricity. She recently headed a national Department of Energy Study on "Basic Research Needs for the Hydrogen Economy," including hydrogen production, storage, and use. Dr. Harriet Kung, (, has served as the Director of Materials Sciences and Engineering Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences since June 2004. Before joining DOE in 2002, Dr. Kung was a technical staff member and a project leader in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). She was awarded the DOE Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 1992. She previously held a research fellow position at the University of Michigan. Her main research interests focus on developing novel engineering materials through understanding their mechanical and physical behavior. Dr. Kung has also conducted research in high temperature superconductivity in the Superconductivity Technology Center at LANL. She has published approximately 100 refereed papers, given over 50 invited technical presentations and involved in organizing eight international symposia/workshops. She was a guest editor for the journal of Phil Mag A and also served as a guest editor for an MRS Bulletin issue on ???Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials.??? Dr. Valerie Browning, (, joined DARPA as a program manager in 2000. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Browning was a research physicist in the Materials Physics Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where she was instrumental in developing the Navy's Center for Thermoelectric Property Measurement. Prior to her work in thermoelectrics, Dr. Browning's primary research focus area was investigating the normal and mixed-state transport properties of high temperature superconducting materials. She also has a strong background in magnetism, having collaborated on numerous projects seeking to develop novel magnetic materials for various applications. Dr. Browning started working at NRL as a co-op student in 1984. She received her bachelor's degree in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1987. She was awarded an NRL Edison Fellowship in 1988 and received her master's degree in physics from the University of Maryland in 1991. She received her doctorate in 1995 from the Catholic University. Dr. Browning has authored or co-authored more than 40 technical papers and has given a number of invited presentations at international conferences. She received an Alan Berman Outstanding Publication Award from NRL in 1998 and is an active member of a number of professional societies, including the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, and Sigma Xi. She is an appointed board member of the Applied Superconductivity Conference and program co-chair for the year 2000 ASC conference. Dr. Robert Mantz, is the Director of the Electrochemistry and Advanced Energy Conversion program of the US Army Research Office, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Mantz received his PhD degree in analytical chemistry from North Carolina State University. Prior to that, he received an MS degree in polymer chemistry from California State University and a BS degree in chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Dr. Mantz has served as a reserve program manager at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, since 2001 in the Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences. He has managed the ???Advanced Energy Conversion??? program for the Army since March 2006. The Army relies on compact power sources to support many different weapons systems, communications, and other devices. Power sources under development include batteries and fuel cells, microturbines, thermophotovoltaics, alkali metal thermal to electric converters. Dr. Mantz???s program supports fundamental chemical studies of materials and processes that limit the performance of current or enable future power sources. Topics include ionic conduction in electrolytes, electro catalysis, fuel processing (particularly hydrogen), interfacial electron transfer, transport through coatings, surface films and polymer electrolytes, and activation of carbon-hydrogen bonds. Novel electrochemical synthesis, investigations into the effect of microenvironment on chemical reactivity, and quantitative models of electrochemical systems are also covered by his program.