Richard W. Siegel
Director, Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center
Robert W. Hunt Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D., Metallurgy, University of Illinois,
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois, 1960
A.B., Physics, Williams College, 1958
Siegel is a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology.
He currently serves on the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group
of the President's Council of Advisors on science and technology
and is a former chair of the World Technology Evaluation Center
worldwide study of nanostructure science and technology that led
to the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. Siegel is the past
chairman of the International Committee on Nanostructured Materials
and served on the U.S. National Materials Advisory Board Committee
on Materials with Submicron-Sized Microstructures. He also was the
co-chairman of the Study Panel on Clusters and Cluster-Assembled
Materials for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Siegel was on the faculty of the State University
of New York at Stony Brook from 1966 to 1976 and at Argonne National
Laboratory from 1974 to 1995. He joined Rensselaer in 1995, and
served as department head of Materials Science and Engineering until
2000. He has authored more than 200 publications and several patents
(seven have been issued, nine are pending) in the areas of defects
in metals; diffusion; and most recently on the synthesis and processing,
characterization, properties, and applications of nanophase materials,
including ceramics, metals, composites, and biomaterials. Siegel
also has presented more than 400 invited lectures around the world
and edited ten books on these subjects. Science Watch listed
him as the fourth most highly cited author in materials science
from 1990 through 1994.
Siegel is a member of the editorial boards of
Materials Letters, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
and Journal of Metastable and Nanocrystalline Materials,
and was a founding principal editor of Nanostructured Materials.
He is a founder and director of Nanophase Technologies Corporation,
and was recognized for this effort by a 1991 U.S. Federal Laboratory
Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. He is an
honorary member of the Materials Research Societies of India and
Japan, a 1994 recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Senior Research Award in Germany, and presented the 1996 MacDonald
Lecture in Canada. In 2001, he was named a RIKEN Eminent Scientist
in Japan and received a 2003 Deutsche Bank Prize: "Pioneer
of Nanotechnology - Nanomaterials."
Siegel's research focuses on the synthesis
and processing, characterization, properties, and applications of
nanostructured materials, including ceramics, metals, composites,
and biomaterials. His research is involved with the creation of
nanoscale building blocks, especially inorganic nanoparticles, and
their directed assembly into useful materials and devices. His activities
include a wide range of studies of polymer-based and ceramic-based
nanocomposites, as well as hierarchical material systems based on
these components. Using such nanostructured materials, both hard
and soft material systems for biomedical tissue engineering are
being actively investigated, along with related fundamental scientific
C.B. Ng, B.J. Ash, L.S. Schadler, and R.W.
Siegel, "A Study of the Mechanical and Permeability Properties
of Nano- and Micron-TiO2 Filled Epoxy Composites," Advanced
Composites Letters, 10, 101-111, (2001).
R.W. Siegel, S.K. Chang, B.J. Ash, J. Stone, P.M.
Ajayan, R.H. Doremus, and L.S. Schadler, "Mechanical Behavior
of Polymer and Ceramic Matrix Nanocomposites," Scripta Materiala,
44, 2061-2064, (2001).
P.M. Ajayan, J.M. Nugent, R.W. Siegel, B. Wei,
and Ph. Kohler-Redlich, "Growth of Carbon Micro-Trees,"
Nature, 404, 243, (2000).
T.J. Webster, R.W. Siegel, and R. Bizios, "Osteoblast
Adhesion on Nanophase Ceramics," Biomaterials, 20,
R.W. Siegel, E. Hu, and M.C. Roco, eds., Nanostructure
Science and Technology: World Technology Evaluation Center (WTEC)
Panel Report on R&D Status and Trends in Nanoparticles, Nanostructured
Materials, and Nanodevices, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht,
335 pp., (1999).
C.B. Ng, L.S. Schadler, and R.W. Siegel, "Synthesis
and Mechanical Properties of TiO2-Epoxy Nanocomposites," Nanostructured
Materials, 12, 507-510, (1999).
T.J. Webster, R.W. Siegel, R. Bizios, "An
In Vitro Evaluation of Nanophase Alumina for Orthopaedic/Dental
Applications," Bioceramics, 11, 273-276, (1998).
R.W. Siegel, "Mechanical Properties of Nanophase
Materials," in Synthesis and Properties of Mechanically
Alloyed and Nanocrystalline Materials, D. Fiorani and
M. Magini, eds., Materials Science Forum, 235-238, 851-859,
R.W. Siegel, "Nanostructures of Metals and
Ceramics," in Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications,
A.S. Edelstein and R.C. Cammarata, eds., Institute of Physics (IOP);
Bristol, England; 201-218, (1996).
R.W. Siegel, "Nanophase Materials,"
in Encyclopedia of Applied Physics, G.L. Trigg, ed.; VCH
Publishing; Weinheim, Germany; 11, 173-200, (1994).
Richard W. Siegel
217 Materials Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
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