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The Nano Group

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Jerome Claverie, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Materials Sciences Program, UNH

Jerome attended undergraduate school in France (he holds a BS from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon) and then received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, he was a research fellow at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, but soon returned to France where he worked as a researcher (and research director) for various biotechnology companies. In 2002, he returned to the US to join the faulty of the Material Sciences Program at UNH. Some of his areas of interest include modifying or producing polymer mediums (small molecules combining to create larger molecules), adhesive coatings, creating nanoparticles that might be used in drug delivery, and other biomaterial and protein chemistry research. He is also an accomplished cellist.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] James Harper, Ph.D.
Professor, Physics Department
Material Science Program, UNH

James received his BA from Harvard University, served in the military during the Vietnam War, and returned to receive his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He worked in research and development at IBM for over twenty-seven years, focusing on materials like silicon chips for computer chip manufacturing. There he published extensively and developed expertise in modifying electronic materials through such means as ion bombardment, low temperatures, and plasma deposition. At UNH, he is the Director of the Material Sciences Program, a graduate department at UNH. His present interest is in thin film material science, which includes making and modifying very thin coatings for use in such areas as electronic materials, hard coatings, and creating interactions between molecules and surfaces. Having an enthusiastic appreciation for the "physics" of sailing as well as engineering, James has built a wooden boat and enjoys sailing near his home in Durham, NH.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Glen Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, UNH

After graduating from Clarkson University with a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Glen became a post-doctoral fellow at Exxon Research and Engineering Co. He went on to be a senior chemist there, doing research in fullerene chemistry. This continues to be his area of interest at UNH, where his group is trying to synthesize fullerene compounds and study various reactions with fullerenes. As the Associate Director of the new Nano Scale Science and Engineering Center, he is coordinating research with U. Mass Lowell and Northeastern University to create templates for building 2-D and 3-D nanostructures. He is also involved in a project to find ways to create more uniform batches of nanotubes. Glen is a Red Sox fan and devotes most of his time outside of work to his family.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Karsten Pohl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Materials Science Program

Karsten received his Diploma in Physics from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and then his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at Sandia National Labs in California before coming to UNH. His expertise in condensed matter physics extends to the development of scientific instruments (including the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) seen in QUEST). Karsten's present research involves the interplay between electronic, vibrational and structural surface properties at the atomic scale and exploring the driving forces of atoms to organize themselves when a crystal surface is "strained" (atomic bonds are broken, etc.). Karsten received a prestigious Career Award from the NSF in 2002. He enjoys outdoor activities including mountain climbing. Along with his wife, who is an artist, he's writing a book on physics for young children.

QUEST: Featured Scientist [photo] Arthur Greenberg, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Science
Professor of Chemistry

Arthur says he was interested in science from an early age (he traded his father's WWII army cap for an insect book in 3rd grade). Although his father was a chemist and although Arthur resisted his father's interest, he found in college that chemistry was the science for him. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Farleigh Dickenson College and his masters and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He taught at Rutgers University and was professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at the Univ. of N. Carolina. He is the author of more than 150 scientific articles and 21 books that range from the history of chemistry to environmental science. He also collects art and books about the history of chemistry, with over 500 pieces in his collection. Since 2000, he has been Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Science at UNH (in which the Nano Group operates).

For more information on the research performed by the Nano Group and the Materials Science Program at UNH, please visit:

National Science Foundation Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Forest Products Council Irving Woodlands, LLC Desiree Carlson, M.D. More Connected. More Maine.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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