James Tour Ph.D.
Dr. James Tour is the Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory at the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology at Rice University (TX).Dr Tour heads the Tour Group at Rice, which has a wide portfolio of nano-related initiatives spanning a variety of molecular electronics, SWNT and nanomachine projects. Reserach also touches on otehr signifcant areas of nanoscience, including: organic chemistry, materials science, polymer chemistry, self-assembly and self-replication. conjugated oligomers, electroactive polymers, combinatorial routes to precise oligomers, polymeric sensors, flame retarding polymer additives, carbon nanotube modification, DNA-promoted assembly for synthetic molecules, and synthesis of molecular motors and nanotrucks.
A sample of the Tour Group's current nanoscience portfolio follows:
Project I: Logic NanoCells Within 3-Terminal Ordered Arrays . To proposed an architecture to interface moleware (molecular hardware) technology into 3-terminal MOSFET-like structures that show gain and isolation. In that way, to permit the semiconductor to "do the heavy lifting" by carrying the current, and the molecules serve as a surface carrier to modulate the transconductance via a gate. DARPA is funding this work, administered by the Office of Naval Research. Goal: To develop and test a MoleFET, where molecules grafted to the surface of silicon modulate the current through the underlying semiconductor.
Project II: Nanocell Approach to a Molecular Computer: This project involves the production of logic circuits based on randomly assembled collections of active molecular electronics molecules in very small areas comprising Nanocells. Each Nanocell is thought to contain the intermolecular connections necessary to produce common circuits such as ANDs, NANDs, ADDERs, and NOTs. One particular circuit will be produced by programming each Nanocell after assembly using electrical pulses to turn molecular switches on and off. The challenge of the project is to first prove that it is possible to program the Nanocell after assembly (using simulations); second to actually program a real Nanocell; third to package and deliver the programmed Nanocells into commercially useful devices. DARPA is funding this work, administered by the Office of Naval Research. Goal: To produce a programmable Nanocell in a commercially useful package.
Projec tII: Testing and Evaluation of Active Oligomeric Molecular Electronic and Optoelectronic Molecules: this project is geared towards testing of molecules synthesized using combinatorial methods. This work is funded by the Office of Naval Research. Goal: To test molecular electronic candidates in testbeds built at collaborative insitutions.
EducationStanford Univ., National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Organic Chemistry, 1987-88; University of Wisconsin, Postdoctoral Fellow, Organometallic Chemistry, 1986-87; Purdue University, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, 1986; Syracuse University, B.S.,
Career Highlights• Ariel Ministries, Board of Directors, 2006 to present.
• LUMS School of Science and Engineering, Lahore Pakistan, Chemistry Search Committee, 2006.
• Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory, Director, December 2005 to present.
• NanoComposites Inc., Co-Founder, December 2004 to present.
• Molecular Electronics Corp., Co-Founder, VP, Board Member, November 1999 to 2005.
• Chemical Reviews, American Chemical Society, Editorial Advisory Board, September 1999 to present.
• Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Professor of Computer Science, Rice University, Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Houston, Texas, June 1999 to present.
• Adjunct Professor, Rice University, Department of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Houston, Texas, February 1999 to May 1999.
• California Molecular Electronics Corporation, Technical Advisory Committee, August 1998 to November 1999.
• National Defense Science Study Group, 1997 to 1999.
• Governor's Mathematics and Science Advisory Board for South Carolina, September 1996 to September 1998.
• Guy F. Lipscomb Professor of Chemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, August 1996 to May 1999.
• National Science Foundation, Materials Research Centers Advisory Committee, April 1996 and February 1997.
• National Science Foundation, CAREER Program Advisory Committee, March 1995.
• Visiting Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Harvard University, while on sabbatical leave from the University of South Carolina, Fall 1994.
• Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, August 1994 to 1996.
• Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, August 1992 to August 1994.
• Associate Director of the American Chemical Society, Polymer Division, Materials Science Secretariat, 1991 to 1995.
• Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, August 1988 to August 1992.
• National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, with Professor Barry M. Trost, 1987-88.
• Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, with Professor Barry M. Trost, 1986-87.
• Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, with Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, 1981-86.
• Undergraduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University, 1977-81.
Awards• Recipient of the Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Innovator Award, 2006.
• Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Department of the Navy, 2006
• American Chemical Society Southern Chemist of the Year Award 2005.
• Honda Innovation Award--NanoCars, 2005.
• Distinguished Faculty Associate, Hanszen College, Rice University, 1999-2000.
• Russell Research Award in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Univ. South Carolina, 1997.
• Abbott Distinguished Lecturer, Colorado State Univ., March 1997.
• Weissberger-Williams Lecturer, Eastman Kodak Corporation, Rochester, NY, November 1995.
• Exxon Educational Foundation Research and Training Award, 1994.
• National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in Polymer Chem., 1991-96.
• Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in Polymer Chemistry, 1989-92.
• IBM Corp. One Week Visiting Lecturer, Polymer Division, Almaden Research Center, June 1988.
• National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, 1987-88.
• IBM Corporation Full Graduate Fellowship in Polymer Chemistry, Purdue University 1985-86.
• Celanese Corporation Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry, Purdue University, 1981-82.
• American Institute of Chemists Award, 1981.
• Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Syracuse University, 1981.
• George Wiley Award in Organic Chemistry, 1979.
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