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Alex Harris

Alex Harris

Chair, Chemistry Division

Chemistry Division
Building 555
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Phone: (631) 344-4301
FAX:    (631) 344-7993

Surface Chemical Dynamics

Research Interests

Surface and interfacial dynamics; surface molecular dynamics; vibrational energy transfer; interface nonlinear optical spectroscopy; ultrafast interface spectroscopy; surface vibrational spectroscopy; nanoparticle spectroscopy; photopolymer kinetics; organic optical materials; holographic data storage; planar optical waveguide devices; high speed optical communication devices.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. Swarthmore College, Chemistry, 1978
  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Physical Chemistry, 1985

Professional Employment

  • Chair, Chemistry Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 3/2003-present
  • Facility leader, Ultrafast Lasers, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, BNL 11/2005-present
  • Director, Guided Wave and Electro-optic Devices Research Dept., Agere Systems, 9/2000-2/2003
  • Department Head, Materials Chemistry Research Dept., Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, 1996-2000
  • Technical Manager, Analytical Chem. and Control Tech., Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, 1995-96
  • Member of Technical Staff, Physical Sciences Research Division, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1985-1995

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2004
  • PEL Associates Award in applied polymer chemistry, 2001
  • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1994
  • Joel Hildebrand Teaching Award, U. C. Berkeley, 1981
  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 1979-1982

Professional Activities

  • Member, Chemical Sciences Roundtable, 2003-present
  • Member, Fellowship selection committee, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst; DAAD Fellowship), 2004-present
  • Member, Executive Committee, American Chemical Society Div of Phys. Chem., 1999-2002.
  • Member, American Chemical Society, American Phyical Society, Optical Society of America
  • Member, Preproposal Evaluation for Science and Technology Centers, NSF, 1998.
  • Member, Proctor & Gamble Award Committee, ACS, 1997.
  • Vice-chair, Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy, 1996.
  • Member, site-visit review committee for NSF Materials Research Laboratory, U. Penn., 1992.
  • Member, program committee Quantum Electronics and Laser Science (QELS) meeting, 1991.
  • Bell Labs Ph.D. recruiter and recruit committee (1993-2000); Summer Research Comm. (1990-1992)