I would like to thank you first for this nice invitation at the conference LOPS 2021. The conference was very interesting, well organized and very inspiring for interaction and collaborations. I was impressed by the organization I found very efficient and flexible. The conference gave me the opportunity to present my research to a global audience creating an excellent synergy. Experience we have to do it again every year for sure! Looking forward to see you next year!
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University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
Thomas F. George (Chancellor/Professor Emeritus) served as chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis from 2003 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to that, he was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, provost at Washington State University, dean of science at SUNY-Buffalo, and promoted by age 29 to full professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at age 23 from Yale University, with postdoctoral appointments at MIT and UC-Berkeley.
Tom’s research specialty is chemical/materials/laser/nanophysics, including nanomedicine. He continues to be an active researcher with 800 papers, 8 authored and 18 edited books. His awards include the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Medal of Honor from Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, and Diploma of Honour from Seinájoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Szeged in Hungary and Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Thailand, and he has been elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. As a hobby, he plays jazz keyboard and has performed throughout the St. Louis region and overseas in Bosnia, Croatia, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Romania and Russian Siberia.
Tom has been married since 1970 to Dr. Barbara Harbach, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emerita of Music, former chair of the Department of Music, director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and director of Women in the Arts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They are the proud owners (actually, servants) of four cats – two tortoise females (Luna and Stella) and two younger, mischievous males (Jeremiah and Jarrett).
Since 1972, grants/contracts from the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, National Resource for Computation in Chemistry, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York State Institute on Superconductivity and North Atlantic Treaty Organization; 583 service units of computer time at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Cornell National Supercomputer Facility.
The following are three research grants at the University of Missouri–St. Louis:
(1) National Science Foundation for studies of ultrafast phase changes in semiconductors (with scientists in Hungary)
2) Army Research Office for studies of diamond-like and self-assembling organic nanostructures
(3) North Atlantic Treaty Organization for studies of rapid-detection sensors (with scientists in Romania)