James K. Gimzewski
MANA Principal Investigator (PI)
- Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA
- Nano & Pico Characterization, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), UCLA
- UCLA Art|Sci Center & Lab
- Nanoscience and Nanobio
- Ph.D., University of Strathclyde (1977)
- See Personal Website
Educational & Research History
CNSI (California NanoSystems Institute) member and director of a core laboratory
CMISE - Co-Investigator Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration
Co-Director of Center for Social Interfaces & Networks Advanced present Programming Simulations & Environments (SINAPSE), UCLA
Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
Research Staff Member and Project Leader in Nanoscale Science, IBM Research 2001 Division, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Ru"schlikon, Switzerland
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Plasma-Surface Interactions Group, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: The Radiation Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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.
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).
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.
Observation of nuclear fusion driven by a pyroelectric crystal
Naranjo B, Gimzewski JK, Putterman S
Nature, 434, (2005) 1115-1117.
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.
Thin film interference in the optomechanical response of micromechanical silicon cantilevers
Wilkinson PR, Gimzewski JK
Appl. Phy. Lett., 89(24), (2006) Art. No. 241916.
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.
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.
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.
Single molecular rotor at the nanoscale
Joachim C, Gimzewski JK
Molecular Machines and Motors Structure and Bonding, 99, (2001) 1-18.
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.
Electronics using hybrid-molecular and mono-molecular devices
Joachim C, Gimzewski JK, Aviram A
Nature, 408, (2000) 541-548.
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.