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FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Presents ‘The Chemistry of New Materials for Computer Chips’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 22, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present a lecture by Lisa McElwee-White, Ph.D. as part of the 2013 Frontiers in Science public lecture series, titled “The Chemistry of New Materials for Computer Chips.” The lecture will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

McElwee-White is the Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professor and the director of the NSF-CCI Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials at the University of Florida.

“As feature sizes on computer chips become smaller and smaller, new material and manufacturing techniques become necessary,” said McElwee-White. “Several interesting methods involve synthesizing material in place by running chemical reactions on the wafer during chip processing. I will discuss the changing materials requirements, strategies for placement of the materials on the chip and the development of chemical reactions for chip manufacture.”

McElwee-White earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Her research interests include the application of organometallic chemistry in catalysis and materials science. She has authored 119 publications, and has presented 150 invited lectures.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science. Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

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