New Jersey Institute of Technology Professor Elected Fellow of American Physical Society

NEWARK, December 5-- Leonid Tsybeskov, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Tsybeskov, of Rockaway Township, N.J., was recognized for the discovery of a method to stabilize porous silicon and for innovative contributions to the development and studies of silicon-based, self-organized nanostructures.

Being elected an APS Fellow is a high honor in the field of physics. For each year, only one half of one percent of APS members can be elected to the status of Fellow. “The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to physics,” says Atam P. Dhawan, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering and chairman of the department at NJIT.

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Tsybeskov’s earlier research focuses on stabilizing porous silicon, a medium used in microelectronics for processing and micro-fabrication. Porous silicon, as the name suggests, is highly porous, fragile and unstable. His research, for which he was awarded a U.S. patent in January 2000, is detailed in more than 30 papers.

Tsybeskov’s current research is focused on silicon-based, self-organized nanostructures. Such structures allow for the production of highly ordered, functional systems that have applications in electronics, biology and drug delivery. He has co-authored a paper in the September 2000 issue of the journal “Nature,” describing this breakthrough research.

Atam Dhawan, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, and chairperson of the department of electrical and computer engineering at NJIT, said he was delighted that Tsybeskov was elected fellow.

“It is a great honor, well deserved by Lenoid, who has quickly established a strong research group in nanotechnology at NJIT,” Dhawan said. “Professional fellowships are usually awarded to people well advanced in their careers, and receiving this honor rather early in his career is a special credit to Leonid.”

The American Physical Society, which includes more than 40,000 physicists worldwide, organizes the discipline’s major scientific meetings and publishes widely read physics research journals such as “The Physical Review” series, “Physical Review Letters” and “Reviews of Modern Physics.”


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