Briber Elected Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America

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Professor Robert M. Briber (Department of Materials Science and Engineering).

The department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the A. James Clark School of Engineering extend their congratulations to Professor and MSE Chair Robert M. Briber, who has been elected to fellowship in the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA). The organization recognized him for “elucidating the structure and dynamics of polymeric and biopolymeric materials and dedicated service to the neutron scattering community.”

Briber served as the NSSA’s vice president from 1999-2002, and as its president from 2002-2005. He also served as the conference chair of the first American Conference on Neutron Scattering, an event that drew over 400 participants.

Briber’s research program has focused on probing the structure, thermodynamics and dynamics of polymer and biopolymer systems using neutron scattering. His current projects include the synthesis and characterization of structured hydrogels, data analysis and modeling of off specular neutron reflectivity, the synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites, nanoporous Low K dielectric films, and RNA folding.

Briber has played a key role in strengthening the university’s neutron scattering programs and facilities. Over the past decade, he has helped secure millions of dollars in grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support instrumentation purchases, cooperative research and postdoctoral fellowships.

Published February 5, 2014