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Lecture #92

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2009 Presentation #92 (February 5, 2010)

Professor James Hamilton

"Diamonds, Volcanic Dust and Dark Matter..."


Nanotube doped, flexible, static free polymer strip coatings for protection, nanoreplication, cleaning and dust mitigation on surfaces have been developed.  These polymer composites have been successfully used on diverse surfaces like that of the Hope Diamond in Washington, the W.M. Keck telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, Hubble Space Telescope mirrors, CCD’s for the 520 megapixel Dark Energy Survey Camera being built at Fermilab, detectors for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search and telemetry optics for rocket, missile and shuttle launches at NASA and Vandenburg Air Force Base.

Additionally, our investigations of nanoparticle thermodynamics and surface energies has lead to the discovery, for the first time, of how to actually dissolve and process pure carbon nanotubes and graphene to enable using next generation materials for carbon based electronics, transparent displays and high strength composite materials. The experimental results leading to these discoveries and the use of the materials for the location and projects mentioned above will be presented.


James P. (Jim) Hamilton is a UW System Wisconsin Distinguished Professor and is in the Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  He is also the Director of the Nanotechnology Center for Collaborative Research and Development.  He has been awarded the WiSys Innovation Scholar Award for R&D, was a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, was a UW System Fellow of Women in Science and was selected by students for a Tau Beta Pi Teaching Excellence Award. 

Originally from New England, near Boston, he did undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Maine-Orono in Inorganic Chemistry and Surface Science.  He completed his PhD (Chemistry) in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Physical and Analytical Chemistry and specialized in Nonlinear Optics, Spectroscopy and Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.  His current research specializes in contamination control on precision optical and aerospace surfaces, instrumentation development and in nanoparticle thermodynamics and composite nanomaterials.

He works and lectures all over the US, Europe and Asia and has numerous collaborations around the world including ones with NASA, ESO, Fermilab, Argonne National Lab, The Smithsonian, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and several of the world largest telescopes like the W.M. Keck Telescope in Hawaii and the LAMOST telescope in China.  He is also Founder, Chairman and CTO of Photonic Cleaning Technologies, the manufacturer of First Contact Polymer Solutions™ that has sales and distributors in 55 countries.  His newest nanotechnology spinoff, Graphene Solutions, LLC won the Overall Grand Prize in the 2008 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition and will be the world’s foremost provider of graphene and ultra high purity nanotubes.  Graphene Solutions was featured as one of the hot startups in the USA in Business Week Magazine in 2009.

He currently President Elect of the Wisconsin Section of the American Chemical Society and is a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi (Honorary Research Society), the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, Sigma Pi Sigma (Honorary Physics Society), SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, the Optical Society of America and AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics).


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