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Robert Carpick

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  • Fri, April 11, 2008


  • Professor

  • SPM, AFM, nanotribology, AFM calibration

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics

  • Philadelphia

  • PA

  • United States

  • Robert W. Carpick is a Professor and Penn Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and is a member of the Physics Graduate Group.

    Prof. Carpick moved to U. Penn in January 2007 after serving on the faculty for 7 years in the Engineering Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    In September, 2007, Prof. Carpick was named as the University of Pennsylvania Director of the Nanotechnology Institute (NTI), a multi-institutional entity funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that supports the commercialization of nanotechnology through industry-university partnerships.

    Prof. Carpick received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto in 1991, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 under the supervision of Dr. Miquel Salmeron. His thesis is titled: "The Study of Contact, Adhesion and Friction at the Atomic Scale by Atomic Force Microscopy".

    He spent two years as a postdoctoral appointee at Sandia National Laboratory in the Surface and Interface Science Department, and then the Biomolecular Materials and Interfaces Department where he worked under the supervision of Dr. Alan R. Burns.

    Prof. Carpick works at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and physics to conduct research into nanotribology (the atomic-scale origins of friction, adhesion, lubrication, and wear), nanomechanics, nanostructured materials, and scanning probe microscopy (SPM). His primary focus is on using SPM and other surface science and material characterization techniques to probe the fundamental nature of materials in contact, and to apply the results to nanotechnology applications. Recently he has focused extensively on the science and technology of ultrahard carbon-based thin films including nanocrystalline diamond, and on self-assembled monolayers.

    He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Tribology Letters, and serves as a Board Member of the Solid Lubricants Division of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. He has previously served as a board member of the Nanoscale Science and Technology Division of the American Vacuum Society, and on the Editorial Board of Review of Scientific Instruments. He was the recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, and was named Outstanding New Mechanics Educator by the American Society for Engineering Education in 2003. He has taught several invited short courses on nanomechanics and scanning probe microscopy, and is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications.

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