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February 25, 2016
Hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer engineering
Rice University

Speaker: Dr. Paul Alivisatos 
Dr. Alivisatos is an American scientist who has been hailed as a pioneer in nanomaterials development, and is an internationally recognized authority on the fabrication of nanocrystals and their use in biomedical and renewable energy applications. He is ranked fifth among the world's 100 top chemists in the list released by Thomson Reuters. In 2009, he was named the Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Alivisatos is also University of California Berkeley’s Samsung Distinguished Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research, and holds professorships in UC Berkeley’s materials science and chemistry departments. In addition, he directs the Kavli Energy Nanosciences Institute (ENSI), a new institute on the UC Berkeley campus launched by the Kavli Foundation to explore the application of nanoscience to sustainable energy technologies.

The Chapman Lecture Series was created in 2007 to provide support to bring visiting scientists in nanotechnology, to include Natural Sciences and Electrical Engineering.  The series is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Richard A. Chapman '54 and Barbara Madden Chapman '54. Hailing from Waxahachie, Texas, Dr. Chapman matriculated at Rice in 1950. An all-star tackle, Dr. Chapman was All-Southwest Conference twice, made several All-American teams and was a member of the Cotton Bowl All-Star team in the 1950s. Despite being a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions, Dr. Chapman decided to stay at Rice and pursue graduate degrees. After receiving a B.A. in physics in 1954, he began work under the tutelage of Professor Tom Bonner, a Rice physics professor for whom Bonner Nuclear Lab is named.

Dr. Chapman earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 1955 and 1957, respectively, writing his theses on neutron-producing reactions. After completing his degrees, Dr. Chapman worked for General Electric in its nuclear power reactor research and development department for two years and then joined Texas Instruments in 1959. During his career, Dr. Chapman authored 114 papers and was granted 42 U.S. patents. Dr. Chapman was the recipient of six Texas Instruments awards, three for patents on infrared sensing arrays and three for silicon integrated circuit technology.

Originally from Houston, Mrs. Barbara Dell Chapman earned her B.A. in English in 1954. She taught school with the Houston area public schools for one year, and then was a full-time homemaker raising the couple’s four children. 

Dr. and Mrs. Chapman are ardent supporters of their alma mater, Rice University. 

Previous Lectures 

The department of Physics & Astronomy organized the first two lectures in 2009 and another in Fall 2015.
Inaugural Chapman Lecture was held in April of 2009.


March 25, 2013 - "The Nano-Gold Rush"
Jochen Feldmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU), Munich, Germany
Host: Kevin Kelly

March 7, 2012 - "The Science of Invisbility"
John Pendry, Imperial College London
Host: Naomi Halas

November 5, 2009 - "WONDER IN FLAT CARBON WORLD: Graphene"
Philip Kim, Columbia University

April 6, 2009 - "NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR STRETCHABLE ELECTRONICS: From Electronic Eyeballs to Brain Monitors"
John A. Rogers, University of Illinois