Prof. Dr. David Tomanek of Michigan State University received the prestigious Alexander-von-Humboldt Distinguished Senior Scientist Award in recognition of his life-long contributions to the field of Computational Nanotechnology.
Professor David Tomanek has been promoting Nanoscience and Nanotechnology with dedication throughout his life. His scientific carrier took off at the University of Basel in Switzerland; it continued at the Free University and the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin, Germany, where he pioneered the use of computer simulations to understand atomic-level processes at surfaces and in atomic clusters. Witnessed in several hundred publications and invited talks are his results on the electronic structure, mechanical, thermal, and optical properties, as well as quantum conductance of nanostructures. His pioneering results in Computational Nanotechnology, in particular in the field of fullerenes and nanotubes, have been rewarded by a Fellowship of the American Physical Society and the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Distinguished Senior Scientist Award.
Fluent in several languages, Dr. Tomanek has dedicated significant effort to strengthening international collaborations in the field of nanotechnology by organizing workshops and conferences, such as the upcoming Seventh International Conference on Nanotubes (NT'06) in Japan. His strong faith in the benefits of an open exchange of scientific information is observed in The Nanotube Site, which he maintains, and the recently founded open-access Journal of Small Systems, dedicated to nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Dr. Tomanek's belief that only an intimate collaboration between theoretical and experimental research will bring significant progress in the field is embodied in a long list of scientific collaborations and the institutions he visited as distinguished Professor of Physics, including the prestigious Seoul National University in Korea and the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. He was Research Director at the CNRS in Paris-Orsay, and Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, Rice University, University of Rome, University of Regensburg, NEC Japan, and others. Currently, he is the VTT Professor of Physics at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.
To accelerate and promote commercialization of nanotechnology, Dr. Tomanek initiated nanoTEN, a Tokyo-based nanotechnology consulting company, chairs the Board of Director of Rosseter Holdings Ltd. in Limassol, Cyprus, and member of the Board of Directors of Nanosensors Inc. He holds several patents in the fields of nanotechnology and bio-nanotechnology, heads the Theory Team of the recently established multimillion dollar Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, supported by NSF, and the Computational Nanotechnology Team in Tokyo, Japan, associated with the Earth Simulator Supercomputer.