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Ronald G. Reifenberger
Dept. of Physics, Purdue University
Center for Sensing Science and Technology

West Lafayette, IN 47907
PH: (765)494-3032
FAX: (765)494-0706

John Carroll University; Cleveland Ohio B.S. (Physics; Magna cum Laude) 1970
University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois M.Sc. (Physics) 1972
University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois Ph.D. (Physics) 1976

1985-present Professor of Physics, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN
1982-1985 Associate Professor of Physics, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN
1978-1982 Assistant Professor of Physics, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN
1976-1978 Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario
1970-76 Graduate Research Assistant

Awards/Honors/Relevant Appointments:
Presidential Scholarship, 1966-70
Alpha Sigma Nu Honorary
NSF Undergraduate Research Participant, 1969 and 1970
Undergraduate Participant in CSUI Honors Program, Argonne National Labs, Fall 1969
Connaught Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, 1976-78
Distinguished Alumni Award, John Carroll University, 1992
Member, Purdue Nanotechnology Task Force; Summer 2000
Editorial Board, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Conference Co-Organizer; Trends in Nanotechnology 2001 through 2003
Member, APEC Foresight Committee on Nanotechnology, The Technology for the 21st Century; November 2001
Member, Purdue Discovery Park Strategic Task Force; Summer 2002
Member, American Physical Society

U.S. Patents: 4,896,044, 5,161,147 and 5,134,605.

Synergistic Activities:
• Played instrumental role in the adoption and installation of an Audience Response System in large lecture hall devoted to Physics lectures at Purdue University (1996),
• Presented seminars on Nanoscale Science at local high schools and at Purdue’s annual Frontiers in Science program for high school teachers,
• Co-organizer, Trends in Nanotechnology (TNT) Conference (September, 2001 and September, 2002)
• Featured in short video designed for popular viewing about Nanoscale Science (can be viewed at
• EPICS course co-ordinator (Fall semester, 2003)

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