Paul S. Weiss
Paul S. Weiss is Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. As director of CNSI, he leads a research center whose primary goals are encouraging university collaboration with industry and enabling the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems. His own research is focused on the atomic-scale chemical, physical, optical, mechanical and electronic properties of surfaces and supramolecular assemblies, and he leads an interdisciplinary research group that includes chemists, physicists, biologists, materials scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers, and computer scientists. One goal of this group is to advance nanofabrication down to ever-smaller scales and greater chemical specificity in order to connect, to operate, and to test molecular devices.
Weiss is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society and American Vacuum Society, and a senior member of the IEEE. Before coming to UCLA, he was a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Physics at the Pennsylvania State University, where he began his academic career as an assistant professor in 1989. He has published over 200 papers and patents, and has given over 400 invited and plenary lectures. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry from MIT in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He was a post-doctoral member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1986-1988 and a Visiting Scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1988-1989.