Paul McEuen

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Paul McEuen
NationalityUnited States
Alma materOklahoma, Yale
Known forCarbon nanotube research
Scientific career
InstitutionsCornell University

Paul McEuen (born 1963) is an American physicist. He received his B.S. in engineering physics at the University of Oklahoma (1985), and his Ph.D. in applied physics at Yale University (1991). After postdoctoral work at MIT (1990-1991), he became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He moved to Cornell University in 2001, where he is currently the Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics.[1] He is one of the experts on the electrical property of carbon nanotubes[2] and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[3]

Research focus[edit]

Paul McEuen studies the electrical and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes, scanning probe microscopy of nanostructures, molecular electronics, and applications of nanoelectronics in chemistry and biology.[4] His group publishes their work frequently in Nature and Science,[5] and Paul has a Hirsch number of 53.[6]


McEuen wrote a scientific thriller, Spiral (released in 2011), in which an emeritus Cornell biology professor is murdered as part of a plot involving a biological weapon, which received positive reviews by the New York Times[7] and the Los Angeles Times.[8] The German translation became available on October 29, 2010.[9] McEuen sold the movie rights for "Spiral" to Chockstone Pictures.[10]


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  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (2011-03-13). "'Spiral,' Paul McEuen's Thriller, About a Cornell Professor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  8. ^ Corwin, Miles (2011-04-18). "Book review: 'Spiral' by Paul McEuen". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2011-01-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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