Fellowship Honors NanoTech Institute Co-Founder

Materials Physics Pioneer Honored for Lasting Research Contributions

Jan. 19, 2010

Lauded for his landmark advancements in nanotechnology, optics and the science of physics as a whole, Dr. Anvar Zakhidov has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Zakhidov’s distinction, in the society’s materials physics division, will be made public in the March 2010 issue of APS News. Members are nominated by their peers.

The nomination letter lauded Zakhidov’s world-class experimental capabilities in materials research and materials applications. Zakhidov’s ongoing list of accomplishments includes:

  • Research to develop solar cells based on conjugated polymers.
  • Breakthrough discoveries in the physics of molecular materials – particularly fullerene superconductors and organic devices.
  • Continued advancements in carbon nanotube research.

“I am very honored with this recognition,” Zakhidov said. “I look at it as recognition of all the successes of our Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute.”

Zakhidov’s annual citations—a yardstick by which the quality of research is often measured—have increased in the past decade from about 200 per year to more than 800 annually. Thirty of his 240 publications have been cited at least 30 times.

“The American Physical Society limits the number of fellows to 0.5 percent of its membership,” said Dr. Myron Salamon, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “The naming of Professor Anvar Zakhidov as a fellow in the society is a distinct honor.”

Dr. Ray Baughman, director of the NanoTech Institute and also an APS fellow, calls Zakhidov a “giant of physics.”

“I, along with his many other friends in the scientific community, am so happy that Anvar has received this great honor,” Baughman said. “He has made a host of seminal breakthroughs in diverse areas of science and technology and has achieved this by being a world-class experimentalist, theorist, leader and teacher.”

Zakhidov graduated magna cum laude from Tashkent Technical University in Uzbekistan in 1975. He obtained his master’s in physics in 1977 and doctorate in physics (optics) from the Institute of Spectroscopy of USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1981. He spent five years (1990-1995) as visiting professor in Japan, and a year in Bologna, Italy, at the Institute of Molecular Spectroscopy.

From 1996 March until July 2000, Zakhidov was a senior principal scientist working with advanced materials at Honeywell Inc. (formerly AlliedSignal), where he worked closely with Baughman. He joined UT Dallas in 2001 to co-found the NanoTech Institute. He serves as its associate director.


Media contacts: Brandon V. Webb, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, Brandon.webb@utdallas.edu


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Dr. Anvar Zakhidov

Congratulations from colleagues:

Congratulations Anvar, on your election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society! Well deserved! I look forward to seeing you soon so that I can congratulate you in person with a traditional ‘Bear Hug.’”

— Dr. Alan Heeger,
2000 Nobel laureate in chemistry
and professor of physics,
University of California, Santa Barbara


“It gives me a great pleasure to congratulate Prof. Anvar Zakhidov on the occasion of his joining the distinguished group of APS fellows; this has been well overdue. His great achievements in the field of condensed matter physics were finally been recognized. He is such a versatile scientist that it would take an hour to describe his activities; he is successful in all of them. I have had the pleasure to collaborate on some of his scientific activities over the last dozen years…and I loved every bit of it! Congratulations!”

— Dr. Valy Vardeny,
distinguished professor of physics,
University of Utah

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