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Biography

Paul Hansma

Co-Chair of Physics Department
Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1968-1972

University of California

Department:    Physics
E-mail:   phansma@physics.ucsb.edu
Home Page:    http://hansmalab.physics.ucsb.edu
Phone:   805-893-2523
Fax:   805-893-3307


Research Statement
The research activities of Prof. Paul Hansma include the development and testing of prototype Atomic Force Microscopes and other Scanning Probe Microscopes. In recent years, his work has mainly focused on the development of a new generation of Atomic Force Microscopes, based on small cantilevers, that will be capable of imaging at rates of over 10 frames/second (in contrast to current commercial instruments that typically take 1 minute/frame). His group has tested these microscopes on biomineralized samples and, in collaboration with Professor Morse and Professor Stucky and others, obtained insights into nature's strategies that are already being used for developing synthetic materials. He looks forward to obtaining new insights from new samples.


Education
1968-1972 Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1967-1968 M.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1964-1967 B.A., Physics, New College, Saratoga, FL


Positions
1994-1997 Co-Chair of Physics Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
1980 Professor, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
1972-1980 Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara


Selected Honors
2000 Biological Physics Prize of the American Physical Society
1993 Max Planck Research Award
1990 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1989 Fellow, American Physical Society, November
1983 Professor of the Year, University of California, Santa Barbara
1975-1977 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship
1967-1971 National Science Foundation Fellowship
1964 Presidential Scholar (presented by President Johnson)

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