‘Queen of Carbon’ Mildred Dresselhaus graces VINSE Colloquium Series

Acclaimed MIT Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita, Mildred Dresselhaus, whose decades of research earned her the nickname Queen of Carbon, will explain at the next VINSE Colloquium how placing molecules on a graphene substrate enhances their Raman spectral signal.

Mildred Dresselhaus

Dresselhaus won the 2012 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience and previously won the National Medal of Science, the Enrico Fermi Award, the presidencies of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and 31 honorary doctorates. She served as director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science under President Bill Clinton, and her research has provided the foundation for countless other engineers’ work — she has co-authored eight books and 1,700 papers on carbon science.

Dresselhaus also tirelessly advocates for women in engineering, having launched her career in the 1950s, when there were only a handful of them.

She will deliver her presentation “Graphene for Enhancement of Raman Effect” at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 8 at 5326 Stevenson Center.

Her host is Yaqiong Xu, assistant professor of electrical engineering and physics.

Read a New York Times Q&A with Dresselhaus here.


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