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DTC Science and Technology Innovators Lecture Series

Molecules and Information Technology — Some Consideration


Mark A. Ratner
Northwestern University
Chemistry Department
Evanston, Illinois

Wednesday, April 9, 2003
4:30 p.m. Reception
5:00 p.m. Seminar

402 Walter Library

Slide presentation (pdf 9.5 MB) The interplay between the chemical sciences and information technology has been of substantial mutual benefit.After a few remarks on what IT has done for the chemical sciences, Dr. Mark A. Ratner will make some speculative and some less speculative comments on possible chemical routes to improved electronic logic and memory capabilities. Particular topics of discussion will include molecular interconnects, molecular switches, molecular gates and (possibly) molecular magnetoinductances.


Dr. Mark A. Ratner received his Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1964 and 1966, respectively.He is currently a professor of chemistry at Northwestern where he has been since completing his postdoctoral work in Denmark and Germany in 1975. He also spent five years on the faculty at New York University.His major research interest involves dynamical processes in chemical systems from electron transfer through molecular electronics to nonlinear optics and coupled vibrational dynamics. Dr. Ratner collaborates extensively with scientists in Israel, Denmark, the Netherlands, Venezuela and elsewhere.He has also taught roughly 6,000 people in general chemistry at Northwestern, an experience that compares favorably to working for Ringling Brothers. Dr. Ratner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society.