UCR Symposium to Honor Contributions of Distinguished Professor

Robert C. Haddon Memorial Symposium to explore the latest research in nanotechnology

Photo shows Robert Haddon.

Robert Haddon was the director of UC Riverside’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.Photo credit: L. Duka.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering are hosting a memorial symposium in honor of Robert C. Haddon, who died in April 2016. Haddon was a distinguished professor of chemistry and of chemical and environmental engineering, and director of the Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering at UC Riverside.

The symposium will be on Friday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Winston Chung Hall rooms 205 and 206 with a reception to follow. Free parking will be available in Lot 13.

During the symposium, researchers and scholars will present their research in nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, and materials science and engineering, and celebrate Haddon’s life and contributions to these fields. Haddon is best known for the prediction and discovery of superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped carbon-60, his preparation and characterization of phenalenyl radicals, and his pioneering research in nanotechnology. He was an elected member of several scholarly societies, and, in 2014, was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the “best and brightest minds of our times.”

Nanotechnology is “the final frontier in miniaturization, at least on the surface of the planet,” Haddon once said. “It encompasses all of the scientific disciplines including chemistry, engineering, physics, biology, computers, and medicine. Thus, nanotechnology serves as a vehicle to create teams of scientists and engineers around a particular problem rather than focusing on what can be accomplished within a particular discipline.”

Speakers at the symposium include Raymond L. Orbach, former Department of Energy secretary for science and former chancellor of UC Riverside, and Arthur F. Hebard, distinguished professor of materials physics at the University of Florida. The event website includes the full list of speakers and recommendations for travel and accommodations.

Researchers and community members are invited to attend and should RSVP to carol.lerner@ucr.edu by Monday, April 3. Media should RSVP to sarah.nightingale@ucr.edu.

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