Dr.Thomas Thundat

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Prior to becoming the CERC Chair in Oil Sands Molecular Engineering, Dr. Thundat was a University of Tennessee-Batelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL) Corporate Fellow and led the Nanoscale Science and Devices Group at ORNL. He holds professorships at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, the University of Burgundy in France and an honorary professorship at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.

He received his PhD in Physics in 1987 from the State University of New York – Albany.

Dr. Thundat has authored over 285 publications in refereed journals, 48 book chapters and 30 patents.

He has received a number of awards, most recently the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Sensor Division of the Electrochemical Society. As well, Dr. Thundat has received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pioneer Award, the Batelle Distinguished Inventor Award and many ORNL awards for research and development.

He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Electrochemical Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

His research is focused on novel physical, chemical and biological detection of using micro- and nano -mechanical sensors. His expertise lies in the areas of interfaces, biophysics, scanning probes, nanoscale phenomena and quantum confined atoms.