James Gimzewski

Currently based
Los Angeles, USA
Affiliated institution
University of California, Los Angeles

"Dr. Gimzewski pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM. His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. This approach was recently used to convert biochemical recognition into Nanomechanics.
His research is deeply connected with convergence and application of nanoscale science and technology with an emphasis on mechanics on the nanoscale. His research encompasses crucial aspects of physics, chemistry, engineering and life sciences, medicine and art. His research consists of: (1) Nanomechanical dynamics and nanoarchitechtonics of living cells. This work is related to cancer, the action of drugs, environmental factors and other mutations in individual cells. The research pioneers the role of mechanics and cellular motion with the aim to develop new forms of medical diagnoses at the single cell level.(2) Use of biochemistry and AFM to gene profile DNA on the single molecule level.(3) Production of compact high energy beams of neutrons, photons, ions, and electrons using point source emitters coupled with piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects. Notable recent developments include the demonstration of thermo-nuclear fusion using a pocket-sized device powered by cooling the device by 20C below ambient. Production of X-rays with fluxes suitable for X-ray radiology have also been demonstrated. (4) More recent work explores recyling of waste energy into electrical power."
(excerpt from: http://www.chem.ucla.edu/dept/Faculty/gimzewski/index.html)

2009 Senior Fellow in Resident, Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées (IMéRA)
2001 Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
1977 Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Thesis Title: “The Reaction of Gaseous Molecules with Metal Surfaces Studied by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy"
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