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