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IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - 2007
Honorable Mention


Joshua Goldberger receives one of two Honorable Mention awards associated with the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, for his Ph.D. thesis work entitled entitled "Semiconductor Nanowires and Nanotube: Synthesis to Devices."

Current address (at the time of application)

School of Chemistry
6301 N. Sheridan Rd. Apt 12H
Chicago, IL 60660

E-mail: [email protected]

Academic degrees

  • Ph.D. UC Berkeley, May 2006, Chemistry
  • The Ohio State University, June 2001, Major: Chemistry, Minor: Physics

Ph.D. Thesis

Title Semiconductor Nanowires and Nanotube: Synthesis to Devices

Adviser Prof. Peidong Yang

Thesis Committee Prof. Peidong Yang (Chemistry, UC Berkeley); Prof. Jeffrey Long (Chemistry); Prof. Ron Gronsky (Materials Science)


Semiconductor nanowire and nanotube materials are ideal, single crystalline semiconductors that represent a facile route toward sub 100 nm features that cannot be easily fabricated through lithographic means. The usefulness of these materials lies not just in the direct miniaturization of micron-scale devices; rather, novel functionalities can be introduced by understanding and exploiting the unique electronic and optical properties intrinsic to these high surface area morphologies. Furthermore, before these materials can be utilized by the semiconductor industry, reliable, cost-effective routes for their integration into ultra-high density functional devices must be developed. My dissertation describes numerous advances in the field of nanowire and nanotube research including the rational synthesis of these materials, their incorporation into proof-of-concept electronic, photonic, and nanofluidic devices, and introduces a novel approach to enable their large-scale integration into vertically oriented, high performance field-effect transistor (FET) devices....[full text; pdf file - 653KB]


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