Harry Dorn, professor of chemistry in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, was recently appointed the Dr. A.C. Lilly, Jr., Faculty Fellow in Nanoscience by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Dr. A.C. Lilly, Jr., Faculty Fellowship in Nanoscience was established to provide support for an outstanding faculty member in the field of nanoscience. This fellowship recognizes Lilly’s contributions to both his professional and academic research in physics and his ongoing support of Virginia Tech. The fellowship appointment is for three years.

Dorn joined the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech in 1974. He currently serves as director of two research centers -- the Center for Self-Assembled Nanostructures and Devices and the Carbonaceous Nanomaterials Center.

His expertise in nanomaterials is recognized internationally. He served on the National Science Foundation’s Working Group to Define Major Research Facilities for Nanoscale Science and Technology in 2001; the First and Second Conferences on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2000 and 2001; and the steering committee of INanoVA, a conference on nanotechnology in Virginia.

Dorn has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, including several in Science and Nature. He has had more than 400 citations per year since 2008, and he holds three United States patents.

He has been funded to pursue the basic science of nanomaterials and their applications. Since 2005, Dorn has been a principal investigator on research projects exceeding $6 million.

Dorn is also active in nanoscience education. He developed “A Hands-On Short Course On Buckyballs, Nanotubes, and Other Nanomaterials,” which was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation/Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education. He also created a new graduate-level interdisciplinary course on carbonaceous nanomaterials that was first offered in 2008 and co-taught with University of Virginia Professor Mool Gupta.

Dorn received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence in 2006.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.