Robert J. Hamers, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Robert Hamers is the Steenbock Professor of Physical Sciences and Wisconsin Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Hamers received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 and his PhD from Cornell University in 1986. He was a Visiting Scientist and then Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, from 1985-1990, where he was one of the early pioneers in the field of scanning tunneling microscopy. Since 1990, he has been on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin. His current research program focuses on surface and interface chemistry of materials, with particular focus on photochemistry and electrochemistry of diamond and other wide-bandgap materials. His work in the diamond field spans from surface functionalization applications in biology and catalysis, to recent studies using diamond’s unique electron emission properties to initiate catalytic reactions in water. Hamers is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the American Vacuum Society. His awards include the American Chemical Society national award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry, the Medard Welch medal of the AVS, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.