Prof. William J. Weber

The University of Tennessee, USA

Plenary lecture
New paradigms in ion-beam modification of ceramics

Prof. William J. Weber is the Governor¡¯s Chair for Radiation Effects on Materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, with a joint appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received a BS degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and MS and PhD degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He joined the staff of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1977, was appointed Laboratory Fellow in 1997 and served as Chair of the Council of Fellows from 2005 to 2009. In 2010, he joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee.

He is an internationally recognized leader and expert on radiation effects and ion beam modification of ceramics. Much of his current research is focused on the coupling of electronic and ionic energy dissipation processes in ceramics, and their role on evolution of defects, nanostructures and novel functionalities. He has edited 8 conference proceedings and published over 475 journal articles, 113 peer-reviewed conference papers, 12 book chapters, and 54 technical reports. His work has been widely cited, with more than 16,000 citations and an h-index of 64. He has given over 190 invited presentations at national and international scientific conferences, workshops, research institutions and universities.

He is a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of the Lee Hsun Lecture Award (IMR, Chinese Academy of Sciences); Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh); the U. S. Department of Energy's Materials Science Award for Research with Significant Implication for DOE Related Technologies; the PNNL Laboratory Director¡¯s Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science & Technology; the PNNL Director's Award for Scientific and Engineering Excellence; and the PNNL Chester L. Cooper Mentor of the Year Award. In 2001, his work on developing radiation-resistant ceramics was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy¡¯s Office of Science - Decades of Discovery as one of the top 101 innovations during the previous 25 years. He has chaired over 30 international conferences, society symposia, and topical workshops. He currently serves as a principal editor for the Journal of Materials Research.

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