Mildred Dresselhaus (third from right) at the White House in 2012
November 11, 1930 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Alma mater||Hunter College
|Doctoral students||Greg Timp|
|Known for||Carbon nanotubes|
|Notable awards||National Medal of Science, Oersted Medal, Enrico Fermi Award, Kavli Prize|
Mildred Dresselhaus (born Mildred Spiewak on November 11, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York) known as the "queen of carbon science" is an Institute Professor and Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering (Emerita) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She was born Mildred Spiewak on November 11, 1930 in Brooklyn.
Dresselhaus received her high school degree at Hunter College High School, undergraduate degree at Hunter College in New York, and carried out postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge on a Fulbright Fellowship and Harvard University. She received a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1958. She then spent two years at Cornell University as a postdoc before moving to Lincoln Lab as a staff member. She became a visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT in 1967, became a tenured faculty member in 1968, and became a professor of Physics in 1983. She was promoted to Institute Professor in 1985.
Dresselhaus was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1990 in recognition of her work on electronic properties of materials as well as expanding the opportunities of women in science and engineering. and in 2005 she was awarded the 11th Annual Heinz Award in the category of Technology, the Economy and Employment. In 2008 she was awarded the Oersted Medal.
In 2000–2001, she was the Director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. From 2003-2008, she was the Chair of the governing board of the American Institute of Physics. She also has served as President of the American Physical Society, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and treasurer of the National Academy of Sciences. Dresselhaus has devoted a great deal of time to supporting efforts to promote increased participation of women in physics.
In a United States Department of Energy article of January 11, 2012, President Barack Obama announced that Mildred Dresselhaus is co-recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award, along with Burton Richter. In May 31, 2012, Dresselhaus was awarded the Kavli Prize "for her pioneering contributions to the study of phonons, electron-phonon interactions, and thermal transport in nanostructures."
In 2010, Mildred Dresselhaus won the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.
Dresselhaus is particularly noted for her work on graphite, graphite intercalation compounds, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and low dimensional thermoelectrics. Her group has made frequent use of electronic band structure, Raman scattering and the photophysics of carbon nanostructures. Dresselhaus' former students include such notable materials scientists as Deborah Chung and notable physicists as Nai-Chang Yeh, Greg Timp, Mansour Shayegan, James S. Speck, Lourdes Salamanca Riba, and Ahmet Erbil.
There are several physical theories named after Dresselhaus. The Hicks-Dresselhaus Model (L. D. Hicks and Mildred Dresselhaus)  is the first basic model for low-dimensional thermoelectrics, which initiated the whole brand field. The SFDD model (Riichiro Saito, Mitsutaka Fujita, Gene Dresselhaus, and Mildred Dresselhaus)  first predicted the band structures of carbon nanotubes. The Tang-Dresselhaus Theory (Shuang Tang and Mildred Dresselhaus)  has developed a methodology for studying narrow-band low dimensional materials systems, and is also the first theory on how to construct various Dirac-cone materials, including single-Dirac-cone materials, bi-Dirac-cone materials, tri-Dirac-cone materials, quasi-Dirac-cone materials, semi-Dirac-cone materials and exact-Dirac-cone materials. The Rashba-Dresselhaus Effect refers to the spin-orbital interaction effect modeled by Gene Dresselhaus, Mildred Dresselhaus’s husband.
She is married to Gene Dresselhaus, a well-known theorist, and has four grown children and several grandchildren.
Honors and Awards
- Arthur R. von Hippel Award, Materials Research Society, 2013
- Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, 2012
- Enrico Fermi Award, 2012
- Vannevar Bush Award, 2009
- ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, 2009
- Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, American Physical Society, 2008
- Oersted Medal, 2007
- L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science, 2007
- Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment, 2005
- IEEE Founders Medal Recipients, 2004
- Karl Taylor Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2001
- Medal of Achievement in Carbon Science and Technology, American Carbon Society, 2001
- Honorary Member of the Ioffe Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2000
- National Materials Advancement Award of the Federation of Materials Societies, 2000
- Honorary Doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, February 2000
- Nicholson Medal, American Physical Society, March 2000
- Weizmann Institute's Millennial Lifetime Achievement Award, June 2000
- SGL Carbon Award, American Carbon Society, 1997
- National Medal of Science, 1990
- Dresselhaus, M. S.; et.al. “Analysis of Picosecond Pulsed Laser Melted Graphite”, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, (December 1986).
- Dresselhaus, M. S.; et.al. “The Transport Properties of Activated Carbon Fibers”, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, (July 1990).
- Dresselhaus, M. S.; et.al. “Photoconductivity of Activated Carbon Fibers”, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, (August 1990).
- Dresselhaus, M. S.; et.al. “Synthesis and Evaluation of Single Layer, Bilayer, and Multilayer Thermoelectric Thin Films”, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, (January 20, 1995).
- M. S. Dresselhaus and P. C. Eklund (2000). "Phonons in carbon nanotubes". Advances in Physics 49 (6): 705. Bibcode:2000AdPhy..49..705D. doi:10.1080/000187300413184.
- M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Samsonidze, S. G. Chou, G. Dresselhaus, J. Jiang, R. Saito, and A. Jorio. Recent Advances in Carbon Nanotube Photo-physics.
- M. S. Dresselhaus and G. Dresselhaus (2002). "Intercalation Compounds of Graphite". Advances in Physics 51 (1): 1. Bibcode:2002AdPhy..51....1D. doi:10.1080/00018730110113644.
- M. S. Dresselhaus (2004). "Big Opportunities for Small Objects". Materials Today Magazine 5 (11): 48. doi:10.1016/S1369-7021(02)01164-1.
- M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Dresselhaus and A. Jorio (2004). "Unusual Properties and Structures of Carbon Nanotubes". Annual Review of Materials Research 34 (1): 247. Bibcode:2004AnRMS..34..247D. doi:10.1146/annurev.matsci.34.040203.114607.
- M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Dresselhaus, R. Saito and A. Jorio (2005). "Raman Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotubes". Physics Reports 409 (2): 47. Bibcode:2005PhR...409...47D. doi:10.1016/j.physrep.2004.10.006.
- M. S. Dresselhaus and H. Dai (2004). "Carbon Nanotues: Continued Innovations and Challenges". MRS Bulletin 29: 237.
- J. Heremans and M. S. Dresselhaus (2005). "Low Dimensional Thermoelectricity". CRC Handbook - Molecular and Nano-electronics: Concepts, Challenges, and Designs.
- M. S. Dresselhaus, R. Saito and A. Jorio (2004). "Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes". Proceedings of ICPS-27.
- S. G. Chou, F. Plentz-Filho, J. Jiang, R. Saito, D. Nezich, H. B. Ribeiro, A. Jorio, M. A. Pimenta, G. Samsonidze, A. P. Santos, M. Zheng, G. B. Onoa, E. D. Semke, G. Dresselhaus and M. S. Dresselhaus (2005). "Photo-excited Electron Relaxation Process Observed in Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of DNA-wrapped Carbon Nanotube". Physical Review Letters 94 (12): 127402. Bibcode:2005PhRvL..94l7402C. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.127402.[dead link]
- M. S. Dresselhaus (2004). "Nanotubes: a step in synthesis". Nature Materials 3 (10): 665. Bibcode:2004NatMa...3..665D. doi:10.1038/nmat1232. PMID 15467687.[dead link]
- M. S. Dresselhaus (2004). "Applied Physics: Nanotube Antennas". Nature Materials 432 (7020): 959. Bibcode:2004Natur.432..959D. doi:10.1038/432959a. PMID 15616541.[dead link]
- S. B. Fagan, A. G. Souza-Filho, J. Mendes-Filho, P. Corio and M. S. Dresselhaus (2005). "Electronic Properties of Ag- and CrO3-filled Single-wall Carbon Nanotubes". Chemical Physics Letters 406 (1-3): 54. Bibcode:2005CPL...406...54F. doi:10.1016/j.cplett.2005.02.091.
- Y. A. Kim, H. Muramatsu, T. Hayashi, M. Endo, M. Terrones and M. S. Dresselhaus (2004). "Thermal Stability and Structural Changes of Double-walled Carbon Nanotubes by Heat Treatment". Chemical Physics Letters 398 (1-3): 87. Bibcode:2004CPL...398...87K. doi:10.1016/j.cplett.2004.09.024.
- G. Samsonidze, R. Saito, N. Kobayashi, A. Gruneis, J. Jiang, A. Jorio, S. G. Chou, G. Dresselhaus and M. S. Dresselhaus (2004). "Family Behavior of the Optical Transition Energies in Single-wall Carbon Nanotubes of Smaller Diameters". Applied Physics Letters 85 (23): 5703. Bibcode:2004ApPhL..85.5703S. doi:10.1063/1.1829160.
- S. G. Chou, H. B. Ribeiro, E. Barros, A. P. Santos, D. Nezich, G. Samsonidze, C. Fantini, M. A. Pimenta, A. Jorio, F. Pletz-Filho, M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Dresselhaus, R. Saito, M. Zheng, G. B. Onoa, E. D. Semke, A. K. Swan, B. B. Goldberg and M. S. Unlu (2004). "Optical Characterization of DNA-wrapped Carbon Nanotube Hybrids". Chemical Physics Letters 397 (4-6): 296. Bibcode:2004CPL...397..296C. doi:10.1016/j.cplett.2004.08.117.
- E. I. Rogacheva, O. N. Nashchekina, A. V. Meriuts, S. G. Lyubchenko, O. Vekhov, M. S. Dresselhaus and G. Dresselhaus (2005). "Quantum Size Effects in PbTe/SnTe/PbTe Heterostructures". Applied Physics Letters 86 (6): 063103. Bibcode:2005ApPhL..86f3103R. doi:10.1063/1.1862338.[dead link]
- H. Son, Y. Hori, S. G. Chou, D. Nezich, G. Samsonidze, E. Barros, G. Dresselhaus, M. S. Dresselhaus (2004). "Environment Effects on the Raman Spectra of Individual Single-wall Carbon Nanotubes: Suspended and Grown on Polycrystalline Silicon". Applied Physics Letters 85 (20): 4744. Bibcode:2004ApPhL..85.4744S. doi:10.1063/1.1818739.
- C. Fantini, A. Jorio, M. Souza, A. J. Mai Jr., M. S. Strano, M. A. Pimenta and M. S. Dresselhaus (2004). "Optical Transition Energies and Radial Breathing Modes for HiPco Carbon Nanotubes from Raman Spectroscopy". Physical Review Letters 93 (14): 147406. Bibcode:2004PhRvL..93n7406F. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.147406. PMID 15524844.
- S. B. Cronin, A. K. Swan, M. S. Unlu, B. B. Goldberg, M. S. Dresselhaus and M. Tinkham (2004). "Measuring Uniaxial Strain in Individual Single-wall Carbon Nanotubes: Resonance Raman Spectra of AFM Modified SWNTs". Physical Review Letters 93 (16): 167401. Bibcode:2004PhRvL..93p7401C. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.167401.
- Dresselhaus, M. S.; et.al. “Iron-Doped Carbon Aerogels: Novel Porous Substrates for Direct Growth of Carbon Nanotubes”, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, (February 20, 2007).
- Queen of Carbon Science, U.S. News & World Report. By Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- Natalie Angier (July 2, 2012). "Carbon Catalyst for Half a Century". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
- "Dresselhaus Wins Medal of Science" (Press release). MIT News Office. November 14, 1990. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
- National Science Foundation - The President's National Medal of Science
- "The Heinz Awards, Mildred Dresselhaus profile".
- "President Obama Names Scientists Mildred Dresselhaus and Burton Richter as the Enrico Fermi Award Winners".
- 2012 Kavli Prizes/Mildred S. Dresselhaus/2012 Nanoscience Citation, Kavli Foundation. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Effect of quantum-well structures on the thermoelectric figure of merit".
- "Electronic structure of graphene tubules based on C60".
- "Thin films of bismuth-antimony have potential for new semiconductor chips, thermoelectric devices". MIT News Office.
- Freeview video interview with Millie Dresslhaus by the Vega Science Trust
- Dresselhaus's MIT Page
- Biography of Dresselhaus from IEEE
- Photograph, Biography and Bibliographic Resources, from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy