USC names scientist to lead NanoCenter - - Columbia, South Carolina

USC names scientist to lead NanoCenter

Dr. Thomas Vogt Dr. Thomas Vogt
(Columbia) July 28, 2005 - An internationally renowned scientist has been selected to lead the University of South Carolina's NanoCenter. Dr. Thomas Vogt will also join the faculty of USC's department of chemistry and biochemistry as a tenured professor.

Dr. Harris Pastides, USC's vice president for research and health sciences, said Vogt's appointment is a major step in the growth of USC's NanoCenter and central to USC's research campus. "Dr. Vogt represents the caliber of researcher critical to the continued growth and maturation of our nanotechnology program here at USC," Pastides said.

Vogt comes to USC with a strong research background in chemistry and physics. He also has done research on hydrogen storage materials, which may have practical application in renewable hydrogen fuel cells and batteries.

He will join a team of more than 40 scientists involved in nanoscience research, including Dr. Richard Webb, a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Webb was the first scientist to be hired under the S.C. Research Centers of Economic Excellence program.

Vogt holds two U.S. patents and has two pending patent applications. His expertise is in crystallography and structural and synthetic chemistry, and his technical expertise is in diffraction techniques using X-rays and neutrons.

Vogt joined Brookhaven National Lab in August 1992 and has worked on the planning of Brookhaven's nanoscience facility, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, scheduled to begin operation in 2007.

He earned his doctoral degree in chemistry from the Eberhard-Karls Universität in Germany and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Materials Research Society and the Electrochemical Society.

Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said Vogt's appointment is another example of the important role that USC plays in the growth of the city. "We are delighted to welcome Dr. Vogt and look forward to the contributions his presence will make to the quality of life, education and research available here," said Coble.

Established in 2001, USC's NanoCenter has rapidly become a hub for USC researchers focused on nanoscale science and engineering.

Posted 2:36pm by Bryce Mursch

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