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Dr. Peter Green

(Term expires May 8, 2011)

photo of Peter GreenPeter Green is the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He is also the Director of the University of Michigan’s DOE Energy Frontier Research Center:  Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion in Complex Materials.

Prof. Green was employed at Sandia National laboratories from 1985-1996; from 1991-1996 he was Manager of Glass and Electronic Ceramics Research Department. In 1996 he moved to The University of Texas at Austin where he became Professor of Chemical Engineering; in 2005 he moved to the University of Michigan.  His research interests evolve around understanding the structure and properties of soft materials at the nano-scale.  His specific interests include transport processes, interfacial phenomena, phase transitions, self-assembly and pattern formation in materials.  His research group uses fundamental ideas and concepts to develop new materials, with structures controlled at the nano-scale, for functional coatings, sensor and energy conversion applications.

Green received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 1985, and his BA and MA degrees in Physics in 1981 from Hunter College, NY.  He is the 2006 President of the Materials Research Society (MRS). His awards and recognition include: fellow of the American Physical Society; fellow of the American Ceramic Society; and a special Creativity Award, National Science Foundation 2002. He was elected to a 4-year term as a member of the Council of Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) in 2003. Green served as chair of the Solid State Sciences Committee of the National research Council (NRC), 7/06-708, and is a member of the NRC Board on Physics and Astronomy. He served as a member of the external advisory committee of the Division of Math and Physical Science of the National Science Foundation and on editorial Boards of the journals: Physical Review Letters, Macromolecules and Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics. He is author of the textbook Kinetics Transport and Structure in Hard and Soft Materials, CRC, Taylor and Francis, 2005.