Educational Background

  • BS Chemistry (1948) University of New Zealand
  • MS Chemistry (1950) University of New Zealand
  • MS Chemistry (1952) University of Wisconsin
  • PhD Chemistry(1953) University of Wisconsin
  • PhD Chemistry(1955) Cambridge University

Research Interests

  • Conducting polymers
  • Energy storage
  • Bio fuels


Alan G. MacDiarmid

The NanoTech Institute Mourns Passing of Nobel Laureate Alan G. MacDiarmid, 1927-2007

Dr. MacDiarmid held the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science & Technology at The University of Texas at Dallas while maintaining his Blanchard Chair in Chemistry, at a reduced level of input, at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has Institutes dedicated in his name in China, New Zealand, India and Brazil.

In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with colleagues Alan Heeger, and Hideki Shirakawa for the discovery of metallic conductivity in organic polymers.

Dr. MacDiarmid was born in New Zealand 78 years ago and after obtaining his higher education at the University of New Zealand, University of Wisconsin and Cambridge University he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1955. He was author/coauthor of over 600 research papers and approximately 25 patents. He was also the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees both nationally and internationally.

He was married to Gayl Gentile. His first wife, Marian, of 36 years, died in 1990. He had 4 children and 9 grandchildren. He traveled extensively on professional matters within the USA and overseas and attempts to spend remaining time with his family at their vacation home at Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

His most recent scientific interests were concerned with blending the now well-established field of electronic/conducting organic polymers with the new, emerging field of nanoscience by synthesizing and studying nanostructures, in particular hollow microspheres, of these polymers. The immediate research objective was to elucidate the properties and mechanism by which these structures are formed in aqueous media; the ultimate ob jective was to fabricate nanoelectronic devices based on electronic organic polymers.

Selected Publications

Fuel Powered Artificial Muscles. Ebron, V. H.; Yang, Z.; Seyer, D. S.; Kozlov, M.; Oh, J.; Xie, H.; Razal, J.; Hall, L. J.; Ferraris, J. P.; MacDiarmid, A. G.; Baughman, R. H. NanoTech Institute, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA. Science (2006), 311 (5767), 1580 - 1583. (abstract) (full text)

Controlled Interconversion of Semiconducting and Metallic Forms of Polyaniline Nanofibers . David M. Sarno, San jeev K. Manohar, Alan G. MacDiarmid, Synth. Met., 2005, 148, 237-243.

Optical Properties of Potassium-Doped Polyacetylene. D.B. Tanner, G.L. Doll, A.M. Rao, P.C. Eklund, G.A. Arbuckle, A.G. MacDiarmid, Synth. Met., 2004, 141, 75-79.

Electrospun Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Nanofiber Field-Effect Transistor. N.J. Pinto, A.T. Johnson, Jr., C. H. Mueller, N. Theofylaktos, D. C. Robinson, F. A. Miranda and A. G. MacDiarmid, App. Phys. Lett., 2003, 83, 4244-4246.

Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of Polyaniline-Based Nanofibers with Diameter Below 30 nm. Y.X. Zhou, M. Freitag, J. Hone, C. Staii, A. T. Johnson, Jr., N.J. Pinto and A.G. MacDiarmid, App. Phys. Lett., 2003, 83, 3800-3802.

Apparent Dependence of Conductivity of a Conducting Polymer on an Electric Field in a Field Effect Transistor Configuration. J. Lu, N.J. Pinto and A.G. MacDiarmid, J. App. Phys., 2002, 92, 6033-6038.

Updated: August 27, 2007

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