Dr. Daniel Herr

[Appearing Saturday ONLY]

Dr. Herr is a pioneer in collaborative nanotechnology research, development, manufacturing and innovative supply chain management. He serves as UNC-Greensboro’s professor and Nanoscience Department Chair at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro, North Carolina. He leads a highly collaborative and transdisciplinary team that explores foundational nanoscience platforms and addresses emerging, high impact More-than-Moore (MtM) application opportunities. Current research platforms include nanobioelectronics, nanoenergy, computational nanotechnology, nanometrology, nanobiology/medicine, functional self-assembled nanomaterials, biomimetic systems and sustainability. He also continues to serve as Adjunct Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he co-teaches a graduate level course on The Materials Science of Nanoelectronics. He also directs North Carolina’s Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium (NIC) and serves as co-PI of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure’s SENIC cluster, which facilitate industrial-academic networking and nurture access to the JSNN’s facilities and faculty.  These initiatives provide nanomaterials, nanofabrication and characterization tools, processes, and expertise to catalyze economic development. This work enables emerging and potentially disruptive More-than-Moore technologies and market opportunities. Examples include complex functional nanosystems that include healthcare, medical diagnostics and theranostics; sustainable materials and processes; energy scavenging and storage devices; flexible nanoelectronics; and smart textile, aerospace, transportation, construction, and agriculture technologies, etc., which drive the realization of the Internet of Things.

Prior to joining the JSNN, he served as the Director of Semiconductor Research Corporation’s [SRC’s] Nanomanufacturing Sciences area, leading an international team that provides vision, guidance, and leveraged support for a number of the top interdisciplinary, nanoelectronics related, university research programs. In this role, he composed and guided SRC’s strategic graduate research programs in advanced patterning and directed self-assembly, functional nanoengineered materials, high performance – environmentally sustainable nanofabrication, and advanced nanometrology. He was as a contributing member of the SRC team member that was awarded the 2005 National Medal of Technology. Dr. Herr began his career as a mechanistic photochemist and synthetic electrochemist. His twenty-seven years of semiconductor industry related experience includes the design of high performance nano-engineered materials and unit process integration with Honeywell; efficient and robust product design and optimization, with his start-up AR&D; and co-design and development of the first commercially available family of chemically amplified photoresists, with Shipley Far East, Ltd. His quality engineering start-up offered a suite of applied optimization tools, which is significantly more robust than Taguchi’s methodology and enables rapid and robust, custom product, material, and process design.

As founding co-chair of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors’ (ITRS) Emerging Research Materials Working Group, Dr. Herr provides ongoing technical leadership on emerging strategic materials and processes for the international nanoelectronics community. This team anticipates and monitors potentially disruptive materials and process opportunities, e.g. multifunctional, quantum, and flexible systems; and convergent high impact MtM technologies that will drive the Internet of Things.

He recently was promoted to serve as Regional Editor for the Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Senior Editor for IEEE Transactions in Nanotechnology, and Reviewer for the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. He also was elected to serve as the AAAS Industrial Science and Technology section’s Member-at-Large, Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering for the design, development, and commercialization of two early families of chemically amplified resists, and chaired or co-chair of several international technical conferences.  He is the inventor of several foundational patents and disclosures on defect tolerant patterning, controlled nanotube synthesis and placement, deterministic semiconductor doping, ultimate CMOS devices, and hydroponically grown smart textiles. His current research interests include flexible nanoelectronics, nanobioelectronics, useful sustainable and smart nanoagriculture, functional self-assembly and biomimetic nanosystems, composite nanomaterials, and nanoenergy.

Daniel Herr