James K. Gimzewski

James K. Gimzewski
Nanoscience and Nanobio
Academic degree:
Ph.D., University of Strathclyde 1977
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Education & Working 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
1977 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. Sarah E. Cross, Yu-Sheng Jin, Jian Yu Rao and James K. Gimzewski, 'Nanomechanics of Human Metastatic Cancer Cells in Clinical Pleural Effusions,' Nature Nanotechnology, 2, 780-783 (2007).
  2. Lisa Wesoloski, Adam Stieg, Masashi Kunitake, Shane Dultz and James Gimzewski 'Observation of image contrast and dimerization of decacyclene by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy,' Journal of Chemical Physics, 127, (2007) 174703.
  3. Naranjo B, Gimzewski JK, Putterman S, 'Observation of nuclear fusion driven by a pyroelectric crystal', Nature, 434, (2005) 1115-1117.
  4. Cross SE, Kreth J, Zhu L, Qi FX, Pelling AE, Shi WY, Gimzewski JK, 'Atomic force microscopy study of the structure-function relationships of the biofilm-forming bacterium Streptococcus mutans', Nanotechnology, 17(4), (2006) S1-S7.
  5. Wilkinson PR, Gimzewski JK, 'Thin film interference in the optomechanical response of micromechanical silicon cantilevers', Appl. Phy. Lett., 89(24), (2006) Art. No. 241916.
  6. Rong WZ, Pelling AE, Ryan A, Gimzewski JK, Friedlander SK, 'Complementary TEM and AFM force spectroscopy to characterize the nanomechanical properties of nanoparticle chain aggregates', Nano Lett., 4(11), (2004) 2287-2292.
  7. Loppacher C, Guggisberg M, Pfeiffer O, Meyer E, Bammerlin M, Luthi R, Schlittler R, Gimzewski JK, Tang H, Joachim C, 'Direct determination of the energy required to operate a single molecule switch', Phys. Rev. Lett., 90(6), (2003) Art. No. 066107.
  8. Battiston FM, Ramseyer JP, Lang HP, Baller MK, Gerber C, Gimzewski JK, Meyer E, Guntherodt HJ, 'A chemical sensor based on a microfabricated cantilever array with simultaneous resonance-frequency and bending readout', Sensors and Actuators B-Chem., 77(1-2), (2001) 122-131.
  9. Joachim C, Gimzewski JK, 'Single molecular rotor at the nanoscale', Molecular Machines and Motors Structure and Bonding, 99, (2001) 1-18.
  10. Yamakoshi Y, Schlittler RR, Gimzewski JK, Diederich F, 'Synthesis of molecular-gripper-type dynamic receptors and STM-imaging of self-assembled monolayers on gold', J. Mater. Chem., 11(12), (2001) 2895-2897.
  11. Joachim C, Gimzewski JK, Aviram A, 'Electronics using hybrid-molecular and mono-molecular devices', Nature, 408, (2000) 541-548.
  12. Fritz J, Baller MK, Lang HP, Rothuizen H, Vettiger P, Meyer E, Guntherodt HJ, Gerber C, Gimzewski JK, 'Translating Bio-Molecular Recognition into Nanomechanics', Science, 288, (2000) 316-318.