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James K. Gimzewski

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MANA Principal Investigator (PI)


Educational & Research History

2003 - Present
CNSI (California NanoSystems Institute) member and director of a core laboratory
2002 - Present
CMISE - Co-Investigator Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration
2002 - Present
Co-Director of Center for Social Interfaces & Networks Advanced present Programming Simulations & Environments (SINAPSE), UCLA
2001 - Present
Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
1983 - 2001
Research Staff Member and Project Leader in Nanoscale Science, IBM Research 2001 Division, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Ru"schlikon, Switzerland
1979 - 1983
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Plasma-Surface Interactions Group, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1977 - 1979
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: The Radiation Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Research History

James Gimzewski is a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Nano/Pico Characterization Lab director of the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2001, he was a group leader at IBM's corporate research laboratory in Zürich, Switzerland for 19 years. Dr. Gimzewski pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM. His accomplishments include the first probe tip fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. This approach was recently used to convert biochemical recognition into Nanomechanics. His current interests are in the nanomechanics of cells and bacteria where he collaborates with the UCLA Medical and Dental Schools. He is involved in projects that range from the creation of X-rays, ions and nuclear fusion reaction using pyroelectric crystals, direct deposition of carbon nanotubes and single molecule DNA profiling. Dr. Gimzewski is also involved in numerous art-science collaborative projects that have been exhibited in museums throughout the world.


Selected Papers

  1. Nanomechanics of Human Metastatic Cancer Cells in Clinical Pleural Effusions
    Sarah E. Cross, Yu-Sheng Jin, Jian Yu Rao, James K. Gimzewski
    Nature Nanotechnology, 2, 780-783 (2007).
  2. Observation of image contrast and dimerization of decacyclene by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy
    Lisa Wesoloski, Adam Stieg, Masashi Kunitake, Shane Dultz, James Gimzewski
    Journal of Chemical Physics, 127, (2007) 174703.
  3. Observation of nuclear fusion driven by a pyroelectric crystal
    Naranjo B, Gimzewski JK, Putterman S
    Nature, 434, (2005) 1115-1117.
  4. Atomic force microscopy study of the structure-function relationships of the biofilm-forming bacterium Streptococcus mutans
    Cross SE, Kreth J, Zhu L, Qi FX, Pelling AE, Shi WY, Gimzewski JK
    Nanotechnology, 17(4), (2006) S1-S7.
  5. Thin film interference in the optomechanical response of micromechanical silicon cantilevers
    Wilkinson PR, Gimzewski JK
    Appl. Phy. Lett., 89(24), (2006) Art. No. 241916.
  6. Complementary TEM and AFM force spectroscopy to characterize the nanomechanical properties of nanoparticle chain aggregates
    Rong WZ, Pelling AE, Ryan A, Gimzewski JK, Friedlander SK
    Nano Lett., 4(11), (2004) 2287-2292.
  7. Direct determination of the energy required to operate a single molecule switch
    Loppacher C, Guggisberg M, Pfeiffer O, Meyer E, Bammerlin M, Luthi R, Schlittler R, Gimzewski JK, Tang H, Joachim C
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 90(6), (2003) Art. No. 066107.
  8. A chemical sensor based on a microfabricated cantilever array with simultaneous resonance-frequency and bending readout
    Battiston FM, Ramseyer JP, Lang HP, Baller MK, Gerber C, Gimzewski JK, Meyer E, Guntherodt HJ
    Sensors and Actuators B-Chem., 77(1-2), (2001) 122-131.
  9. Single molecular rotor at the nanoscale
    Joachim C, Gimzewski JK
    Molecular Machines and Motors Structure and Bonding, 99, (2001) 1-18.
  10. Synthesis of molecular-gripper-type dynamic receptors and STM-imaging of self-assembled monolayers on gold
    Yamakoshi Y, Schlittler RR, Gimzewski JK, Diederich F
    J. Mater. Chem., 11(12), (2001) 2895-2897.
  11. Electronics using hybrid-molecular and mono-molecular devices
    Joachim C, Gimzewski JK, Aviram A
    Nature, 408, (2000) 541-548.
  12. Translating Bio-Molecular Recognition into Nanomechanics
    Fritz J, Baller MK, Lang HP, Rothuizen H, Vettiger P, Meyer E, Guntherodt HJ, Gerber C, Gimzewski JK
    Science, 288, (2000) 316-318.