Chancellor’s book explores nanotechnologies

UMSL Chancellor Tom George has edited a book on nanoscience.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellor Tom George has edited the book, “Computational Studies of New Materials II: From Ultrafast Processes and Nanostructures to Optoelectronics, Energy Storage and Nanomedicine,” published by World Scientific (Singapore). This is a sequel to his 1999 book “Computational Studies of New Materials.”

“Nanomaterials, i.e., materials with dimensions on the scale of a nanometer, play a prominent role in this current book,” George said. “This includes ultrafast processes stimulated by short laser pulses, such as in connection with fullerenes (any molecules composed entirely of carbon), and the exciting field of nanomedicine, such as selective laser cancer therapy using gold nanospheres and nanorods.”

In addition to nanomaterials, topics in the book include energy storage and optoelectronics, such as in connection with polymeric light-emitting diodes, semiconductor quantum wells, and tailored negative-index metamaterials and microdevices.

George has co-authored the introduction and 12 of the book’s 18 chapters. “Computational Studies of New Materials II” was co-authored by leading scientists from the United States and around the world.  The other co-editors, who also are contributing writers, are Daniel Jelski from the State University of New York at New Paltz, Renat Letfullin from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Guoping Zhang from Indiana State University.

George is a professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and has served as an adjunct professor of physics at Korea University in Seoul. He received two bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and earned his master’s degree and doctorate in chemistry from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., followed by postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley.

His research interests are in the theory of chemical physics and laser-materials interactions. He has written 725 papers, 5 authored textbooks and 16 edited books/volumes. He has received many honors and awards, including the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), election to the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, an honorary doctorate in physics from the University of Szeged in Hungary and most recently the 2010 Medal of Honor from Gulf University for Science & Technology in Kuwait.

George is an accomplished jazz pianist, playing frequently throughout the St. Louis region, and on occasion in other countries in connection with his travels associated with science and administration.

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