Investiture: Russell J. Hemley
November 4, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Cardinal Room SCE
750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60612
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"The New World of Materials in Extreme Environments"
Russell J. Hemley received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and
Ph.D. from Harvard University, all in chemistry. Previously, he worked at the
Carnegie Institution, and has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, Cornell University, and George Washington University. He is
a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society
of Edinburgh, Honoris Causa Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
and is a recipient of the Balzan Prize and Percy W. Bridgman Award, among
other honors. He is also a member (and former chair) of the JASON Advisory
Group. He has authored approximately 650 scientific publications.
Professor Hemley explores the nature of materials under extreme pressure
and temperature environments. His lecture will describe how these extreme
conditions can profoundly alter the structure, bonding, and electronic
character of atoms and molecules, molding matter to make new materials.
Recent studies of a broad range of materials, from hydrogen – the simplest
and most abundant element in the cosmos – to more complex systems, have
uncovered a variety of transformations when subjected to both static and
dynamic compression. The results are leading to altogether new structures,
electronic and magnetic phenomena, with implications for fundamental physics
and chemistry; new materials technologies; earth, planetary science, and
astrophysics; and at more modest conditions even biology.
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