Name: Washburn, Sean
Title: Assoc. Chair; Cary C Boshamer Professor
Contact
Office: 351 Chapman
Email: sean-at-physics.unc.edu
Phone: (919) 962-9382
Web page:
Background
  EDUCATION 1982: PhD in physics, Duke University 1976: BS (summa cum laude) in physics, Stetson University
EMPLOYMENT: 2008 – present: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Assoc Chair of Physics & Astronomy 2004 – present: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Biomedical Engineering 2003 – present: Cary C Boshamer Distinguished Professor 2001 – present: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Computer Science 1999 – 2007: University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chair of Applied and Materials Sciences 1997 – 2002: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lyle V Jones Professor of Physics 1996 – present: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Applied Science 1991 – present: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Physics 1982-1991: IBM Research Division, Yorktown Heights, Research Staff Member 1982: Duke University, Durham NC 27706, Research Associate   AWARDS, HONORS: 1987: Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (from IBM) for studies of conductance fluctuations. 1997: Lyle V Jones Distinguished Professor 2000: Fellow of the American Physical Society 2003: Cary C Boshamer Distinguished Professor 2004: Fellow of the Institute of Physics
 
Research

Original research interests were in effects of degree of structural disorder on glassy behavior in single crystals of solid molecular hydrogen. Since 1982, research has been directed toward the study of quantum mechanical effects in the transport coefficients of condensed matter systems. Several topics have been investigated including macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson junctions, and quantum conductance effects including Aharonov-Bohm oscillations. Since 1991 at UNC, additional research programs in intuitive computer interfaces for microscopies at nanometer-scales, surface manipulation of inorganic and organic samples, carbon nanotube mechanical and electromechanical devices have been established. At the moment the research is aimed at electrical and mechanical properties at the scale of nanometers and at applications of nanometer objects in medicine.

Publications:

All publications are listed at: user.physics.unc.edu/~sean/pubs.html