Dr. Lloyd Whitman Named a Fellow of AVS Science and Technology Society

9/27/2005 - 40-05r
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Dr. Lloyd Whitman, a scientist in the Naval Research Laboratory's Chemistry Division, has been named a Fellow of the AVS Science and Technology Society. Dr. Whitman is recognized for "exceptional work elucidating the complex structure of surfaces and interfaces that not only answers important technical questions but reveals pictorially the beauty of the nanoscopic world." Fellows of AVS are chosen for their "sustained and outstanding scientific and technical contributions in research, engineering, technical advancement, academic education, or managerial leadership for at least 10 years." Founded in 1953 and called the American Vacuum Society, Inc. in the early years, AVS is now organized into 10 technical divisions and three technical groups that encompass a range of established as well as emerging science and technology areas. Only 0.5% of AVS members are fellows.

Dr. Whitman came to NRL in 1991, and since 1999 has been the Head of the Surface Nanoscience and Sensor Technology Section, where he directs an interdisciplinary research program involving nanoscience, biotechnology, and microfluidics. His current research includes studies of individual semiconductor, organic, and biomolecular nanostructures; their use in novel functional surfaces; and their integration into biosensor systems for biological warfare defense and optoelectronic devices for infrared applications.

Dr. Whitman has conducted a high-profile research program on the atomic-scale structure and chemistry of semiconductor surfaces and interfaces in ultra-high vacuum using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. "Science-as-art" images he created based on this research have graced the covers of many publications, ranging from conference programs to college textbooks. More recently, he has done pioneering work demonstrating how conventional surface analysis can be extended to complex biomolecular films. Dr. Whitman also directs the development of multiple advance biosensor systems, two of which have been licensed for commercialization.

"Read any paper written by Lloyd," said Dr. Rich Colton, head of NRL's Surface Chemistry Branch and Director of the Institute for Nanoscience, "and you will find it to be a model of quality with respect to content and clarity of presentation. His experiments are well planned and executed. The experimental data are thoroughly analyzed and often compared to model results or theoretical predictions. He is a master of illustration. The images, figures, graphs, and tables that he produces are never ordinary but exquisite in detail and the message that they convey."

In addition to his research at NRL, Dr. Whitman helps manage nanotechnology and biodefense programs for a number of agencies within the Department of Defense, currently including the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Defense Sciences Office at DARPA, and the Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense at Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Dr. Whitman received two NRL Invention Awards in 2004; NRL Technology Transfer Awards in 2004 and 2002; and Alan Berman Research Publication Awards in 2004, 2003, and 1996. He serves on the Program Committee for the 2005 Electronics Materials Conference and as Chair of the General Committee for the Physical Electronics Conference. Dr. Whitman has published 98 refereed publications. In addition, he has published 14 books or book chapters. He has three patents pending. Dr. Whitman is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi, and the American Physical Society. Dr. Whitman will be presented with his award November 2 at the AVS 52nd International Symposium & Exhibition in Boston.

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