Donald Brenner is a Professor at the North Carolina State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where his group uses atomic-scale simulations to expand understanding of many-body chemical dynamics in condensed phases. His work has an emphasis on technologically-important materials and processes. Brenner was a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory staff scientist before joining NCSU's faculty in 1994.
Prof. Brenner believes much of the engineering of advanced materials and electronic devices in the next century will likely require building structures on a microscopic if not an atom-by-atom level. By exploring this realm, their simulations are helping to lay the foundation for the next generation of materials engineering.
His areas of interest currently include: Atomistic simulations of the structure, growth and properties of thin films; simulated engineering of nanometer-scale structures and devices; solid-state chemical dynamics.
EducationB.S. Chemistry, SUNY 1982; Ph.D. Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University 1987
AwardsHONORS AND AWARDS:
•Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, 2000
•Co-author, Veridian Medal Paper, 1999
•Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1999
•Inducted into the North Carolina State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers, 1999
•NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, 1995
•Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division Young Investigator, 1991
•Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division Berman Award, 1990.
•Xerox Award in Materials Science (Best Thesis), Penn. State, 1987.
•American Vacuum Society Student Award, 1986.
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