Paul S. Weiss

UC Presidential Chair
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
California NanoSystems Institute
570 Westwood Plaza
Building 114
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Born: 10 October 1959.
Married. Three sons.

S.B. and S.M. in Chemistry from MIT, 1980. Research in high resolution laser spectroscopy with Bob Field.
Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, 1986. Research in excited atom reactions in crossed molecular beams with Yuan T. Lee.

Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1986-1988. Research in the effects of surface chemistry and gas-surface collisions on semiconductor surface electronic properties with Mark Cardillo.
Visiting Scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center, 1988-1989. Research developing and using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy with Don Eigler.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 1989-1995.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 1995-2001.
Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001-2013.
Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-2013.
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005-2013.

Visiting Professor, Department of Molecular Biotechnology, The University of Washington, 1996-1998.
Visiting Professor, Venture Business Laboratory, Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, 1998.
Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University, 2015-.
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Kavli Nanoscience Institute and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, 2015.
Visiting Scholar, Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 2015-.

Director, Center for Molecular Nanofabrication and Devices, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001-2002.
Associate Director, Center for Nanoscale Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-2005.
Nanofabrication Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005-2009.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA, 2009-
Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences, UCLA, 2009-2014
California NanoSystems Institute Director, UCLA, 2009-2014
Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, UCLA, 2010-
UC Presidential Chair, UCLA, 2015-


American Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow.
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, fellow.
American Chemical Society, fellow. Southern California Section.
American Physical Society, fellow.
American Vacuum Society, fellow.
Chinese Chemical Society, honorary foreign fellow.
IEEE, Senior Member (2009).
Materials Research Society.
Phi Lambda Upsilon. President of MIT Chapter, 1978-79.
Sigma Xi.

Selected Awards and Honors:

MIT Undergraduate Award in Chemistry (1980)
Earl C. Anthony Fellow (1980-1981)
National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (1991-1996)
Scanning Microscopy International Presidential Scholarship (1994)
B. F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award (1994)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1995-1997)
American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry (1996)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1997-1998)
National Science Foundation Creativity Award (1997-1999)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow (2000)
American Physical Society, Fellow (2002)
Penn State Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Honors Teaching Award (2004)
Penn State Nanofabrication Fellow (2005)
Penn State, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Physics (2005)
University of Arizona, Eminent Scholar Lecture (2006)
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Chemistry, Levine Lecturer (2007)
Alpha Chi Sigma Outstanding Professor Award (2007)
American Vacuum Society, Fellow (2007)
University of Oklahoma, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, J. Clarence Karcher Lecture (2008)
Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry Frontiers Lectures (2008)
IEEE, Senior Member (2009)
Association of American Publishers, Professional Scholarly Publishing PROSE Award for 2008, Best New Journal in Science, Technology, and Medicine (2009)
Prof. J. W. McBain Memorial Lecture, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India (2009)
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Institute of Advanced Study Distinguished Lecture (2010)
Thomas Jefferson University, William Potter Lecture (2010)
ISI Rising Star, ACS Nano (ten times: March 2010, May 2010, July 2010, September 2010, November 2010, January 2011, May 2011, July 2011, September 2011, November 2011)
American Chemical Society, Fellow, (2010)
Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Chemical Society, Molecular Science Forum Lecture Professorship (2010)
Chinese Chemical Society, Honorary Fellow (2010)
Gordon Research Conferences, Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer in the Physical Sciences (2011)
Harbin Institute of Technology, Honorary Professor (2012)
Tongji University, Advisory Professor (2012)
University of Aukland, Distinguished Visitor (2013)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow
Georgia Tech Department of Chemistry, Fink Lecturer (2015)
American Chemical Society Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry (2015)
Caltech Kavli Nanoscience Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor (2015)
Jilin University, Visiting Professor, (2015)
Hope College, Department of Chemistry Neckers Lecturer (2016)
Peking University, Xingda Lecture (2015)
UCLA, UC Presidential Chair in Chemistry (2015-)
Soochow University, Institute for Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Distinguished Lecture (2015)
Soochow University, Honorary Professor (2015-)
Northeastern University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Distinguished Speaker (2015)
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Elected Fellow (2016)
Hope College, Department of Chemistry Neckers Lecturer (2016)
Griffith University, Honorary Professor (2016-2019)
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), 2016 INRS Chaire d'excellence Jacques­Beaulieu at the Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications (2016-2017)
Fulbright Scholar Specialist (2016-2021)
University of Alberta, Edward Herbert Boomer Memorial Lecture (2017)
Indian Institute of Technology, Institute Lecture (2017)
See also the awards my students and post-docs have won.

Selected Service and Committee Memberships

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, ChemRAWN Committee (Chemistry Research Applied to World Needs), US Observer, Lisbon, Portugal, 1993; Guildford, UK, 1995.
STM '95, Eighth International Conference on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Program Committee, 1994-1995.
Physical Electronics Conference Executive Committee, 1995-1999. Local co-chair for 1998 Physical Electronics Conference.
Defense Science Study Group V, 1996-1997.
Penn State Center for Materials Physics, renamed Center for Nanoscale Science, Executive Committee, 1997-.
STM '99, Tenth International Conference on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Program Committee, 1998-1999.
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, U. S. National Committee, 2000-2005.
American Vacuum Society, Nanoscience and Technology Division, Executive Committee, 2001-2004.
Review of Scientific Instruments, Editorial Board, 2002-05.
Foundations of Nanoscience, Technical Co-Chair, 2006-.
IEEE Electron Device Letters, Senior Editor, 2005-2007.
International Conference on Molecular Electronics, Chair, 2007.
ACS Nano, Editor-in-Chief, 2007-.
American Chemical Society Spring 2009 National Meeting, Thematic and Program Chair, 2009.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Advisory Board, 2009-2017, Chair 2013-2017.
American Chemical Society, Task Force on Author Rights and Responsibilitie, 2009-2010.
American Chemical Society, Council of Editors, 2010-2015.
American Chemical Society Publications, Committee on Data Integrity, 2010-2012.
Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, Strategic Advisory Board, 2010-2013.
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Molecular Foundry, Scientific Advisory Board, 2011-2012.
Tel Aviv University, Nanomedicine for Personalized Theranostics, International Nanotechnology Scientific Advisory Board, 2012-2017.
Hunan University State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, International Advisory Board, 2012-2015.
Harbin Institute of Technology, National Grand Project - Space Environmental Simulation Facilities on Ground, Advisory Board, 2012-2015.
Texas A&M Department of Chemistry, Review Committee Chair, 2013.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,Physical Sciences Advisory Board, 2013-2014.
UCSD Center for Brain Activity Mapping of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind Advisory Board, 2013-.
Weizmann Institute of Science, President's Nanoscience Review Committee, 2013.
Academia Sinica, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences Advisory Committee, 2013-2015.
Rutgers University, Nanoscience Review Committee Chair, 2014.
King Mongkut's University of Technology, Nanoscience Center Advisory Committe,- 2014-.
San Diego Supercomputer Center, External Advisory Board, 2015-.
Soochow University, Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology (NANO­CIC) Advisory and Consultative Committee - 2015-
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials, External Advisory Board - 2015-
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, College of Energy, Advisory Board - 2015-
Chem, 2015-2019
University of Wisconsin (and partners), Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, Advisory Board - 2016-2019
Chemical Physics Letters, 2016-2019


Chemistry 20B: General Chemistry Winter 2017 Class Winter 2016 Class (My favorite classes to teach are the freshman general chemistry courses.)

At Penn State
Chemistry 12: General Chemistry
Chemistry 13: General Chemistry
Chemistry 13H: Honors General Chemistry. (See Chemistry 112H) | Spring 2007 Class | Spring 2006 Class | Spring 2005 Class | Spring 2004 Class | Spring 2003 Class | Spring 2002 Class | Spring 2001 Class | Spring 2000 Class | Spring 1999 Class | Spring 1998 Class | Spring 1996 Class
Chemistry 16: Careers in Chemistry. Fall 1999 Class
Chemistry 112H: Honors General Chemistry. Spring 2009 Class | Spring 2008 Class | Spring 2009 Class
Chemistry 429: Analytical Spectroscopy (lecture and lab)
Chemistry 448: Surface Chemistry. Fall 2001 Class | Fall 2000 Class | Fall 1999 Class | Fall 1998 Class | Fall 1997 Class
Chemistry 526: Spectroscopy (graduate)
Chemistry 597A: Nanoscience. A new class created and taught with Prof. Mary Beth Williams. Fall 2002 Class
Computer Science & Engineering 597D/Physics 597D: Biologically-Inspired Computation. A new class created and taught with Vijay Narayanan, Anne Andrews, Will Hancock, and others. Fall 2007 Class | Fall 2006 Class

Research & Research Group

Learn about our research in atomic-scale surface chemistry and physics, molecular devices, nanolithography, biophysics, and neuroscience.
Meet our excellent research group of dynamic young scientists, and see the awards they have won.
Look over our research publications (or look over my publications from before coming to Penn State).
See a list of upcoming talks where you can catch Weiss group members live.
Have a look at recent news articles on our group.
Here is my philosophy in how we run our group.

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26 February 2017