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Werner J. Blau

Werner J. Blau

Professor of Physics of Advanced Materials
School of Physics
Trinity College Dublin
University of Dublin
Ireland

Biography

Blau studied Physics and Music at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Following completion of his Diplomarbeit in 1979 and doctoral thesis in 1983 under the supervision of Prof. A. Penzkofer in the area of ultrafast laser physics and spectroscopy andperiod at Siemens Research Laboratories in Erlangen, he joined Prof. D.J. Bradley, FRS at Trinity College Dublin in 1983 as British Petroleum Venture Research Fellow. In 1985 he was appointed as Lecturer in the Science of Materials / Physics at Trinity and promoted to Associate Professor in 1991. Since 2003 he is Professor (Personal Chair) of Physics of Advanced Materials. From 1992-2007 he was Research Director of the Materials Ireland Polymer Research Centre at Trinity, a centre providing research and development services to Irish polymer industry. Over the years, he has participated in numerous College, national and international working groups and committees and was Head of Department of Trinity Physics from 1998 – 2003. Blau is frequently a keynote speaker at leading international conferences. In 2010/11 he has given keynotes in Shanghai, China; Punta de Tralca, Chile; Pretoria, South Africa; Krakow, Poland; Yokohama, Japan.

Research

Werner J. Blau is internationally well known for his original work in molecular and Carbon nanotechnology and polymer science. His research group at Trinity is one of the most active and best-known Material Science groups in Ireland. It has been one of the first in the world to adopt an interdisciplinary approach. For over two decades, Prof. Blau’s research has addressed the fundamental issue of structure-property relationships and made significant contributions towards understanding and application of these in several areas, especially in the optically active nanostructures and polymers, and in the Nanocarbon composite areas. His group has become initiators of and international leaders in a number of related research fields, most notably in the area of Information and Communications Technology hardware. The most significant contributions relate to: 1. The first application of “molecular engineering” principles in molecular and polymeric materials for optoelectronic and photonic applications. 2. The first investigation and understanding of structure/property relationships in Nanocarbon systems, especially carbon nanotubes. 3. The first observation and use of polymer self-assembly onto nanotubes, leading to novel processing methods and applications in electronics, photonics and mechanical structures.