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Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Nanolaminates and Transparent Electronics, Nanoscale Metrology and Nanoelectronics, Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
Currently a Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Leo Fifield began his work at PNNL while still a member of the Larry Dalton group in the Chemistry Department at the University of Washington as part of the UW-PNNL Joint Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JINN). His research involves the design and creation of nanoscale functionality on high surface area materials, including mesoporous silica and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). These hierarchically structured materials are engineered for use in sensing, preconcentration, composite incorporation, separation and other environmental, structural, and energy-related applications
Dr. Fifield has previously developed electromechanical actuators based on carbon nanotubes and noncovalent techniques for tuning CNT properties. He currently works with CNTs for many different applications, including as supports for tethered homogeneous catalysts. He has special interest in electro-active organic composites, alternative energy utilization, and nanotechnology in general.