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August 09, 2007

Dr. Eric Isaacs, Director, Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory, and Professor of Physics, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, 8-9-07


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Dr. Eric D. Isaacs is the Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory and Professor of Physics in the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 in the area of magnetic semiconductors and was a post-doc at Bell Laboratories (1988-1990) studying magnetism and superconductivity, mostly with synchrotron-based x-ray techniques. During his 13-year tenure at Bell Laboratories he was a Member of Technical Staff (1990-2000), Director of the Materials Physics Research Department (2000-2001), and Director of the Semiconductor Physics Department (2001-2003).

Dr. Isaacs has served on numerous national review and advisory committees including the APS Division of Materials Physics (2002-2005) and the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (2002 - present). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (2001).

Dr. Isaacs’s current research centers on studies of novel electronic and magnetic materials with a particular focus on creating images of new phenomena in reciprocal and real space at the nanoscale. Recent accomplishments include the direct observation of the cross-over to quantum dominated spin dynamics near a quantum critical point in the model magnetic system chromium. In order to achieve many of his results he has been a developer of modern synchrotron-based x-ray scattering techniques including inelastic x-ray scattering, x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy, and hard x-ray nano-probe.

The Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory is a national resource for the United States to foster new research capabilities in nanoscale synthesis and processing, and plays a key role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s participation in the interagency National Nanotechnology Initiative. The center’s mission includes supporting basic research and advanced instrumentation development for the creation of novel materials, using both top-down and bottom-up self-assembly, that provide new insights at the nanoscale level. The facility also supports a user program through peer-reviewed proposals that is open to academic, industrial, government, and international potential users.

Areas of expertise include Electronic and magnetic materials and devices

  • Nanobio interfaces

  • Nanofabrication

  • Nanophotonics

  • X-ray microscopy
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