Paul Weiss

Paul Weiss

Paul S. Weiss is director of the California NanoSystems Institute, Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences, and distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry and of materials science & engineering at UCLA. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry from MIT in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986.  He was a postdoctoral member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1986-1988 and a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1988-1989.  Before coming to UCLA in 2009, he was a distinguished professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State, where he began his academic career as an assistant professor in 1989.  His interdisciplinary research group includes chemists, physicists, biologists, materials scientists, mathematicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and computer scientists.  Their work focuses on the atomic-scale chemical, physical, optical, mechanical and electronic properties of surfaces and supramolecular assemblies. He and his students have developed new techniques to expand the applicability and chemical specificity of scanning probe microscopies.  They work to advance nanofabrication down to ever smaller scales and greater chemical specificity in order to connect, to operate, and to test functional molecular assemblies, and to connect these to the biological and chemical worlds.  


Weiss has been awarded a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the B. F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, among others.  He is a Fellow of:  the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society, and the American Chemical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society.  He is a senior member of the IEEE.  He was the Senior Editor of IEEE Electron Device Letters for molecular and organic electronics, and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Nano. At ACS Nano, he won the Association of American Publishers, Professional Scholarly Publishing PROSE Award for 2008, Best New Journal in Science, Technology, and Medicine, and ISI’s Rising Star Award a record ten times.