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Paul Weiss, professor of chemistry and physics, has been named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Penn State. This title is presented in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community.

Through his research, Weiss has explored the properties of matter at the atomic scale, including studies of catalysis, molecular electronics, molecular motors, self-assembly, nanofabrication, and control of molecules on surfaces and in lipid bilayers. He has developed a number of techniques for measuring chemical, physical, and electronic properties at the atomic scale and for manipulating atoms in thin layers. The techniques he developed in research have applications in nanoscale technology for electronics, storage, and motors and in the understanding and control of biological membranes, such as cell walls.

Weiss is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Vacuum Society, the Materials Research Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. He served as a member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry from 2000 to 2005. His academic honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997, the American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry in 1996, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 1995, and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991. In 2004, he received an Excellence in Honors Teaching Award from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State.

Weiss joined the Penn State faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor of chemistry. He was named associate professor of chemistry in 1995, professor of chemistry in 2001, and professor of physics in 2002. He was appointed as director of Penn State's Center for Molecular Nanofabrication and Devices in 2001. He also served as associate director of the Center for Nanoscale Science from 2002 to 2005. He was a visiting professor at Kyoto University in 1998 and a visiting professor at the University of Washington from 1996 to 1998.

Weiss earned bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He earned his doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in l986.

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