Robert Carpick Named a Penn Fellow

January 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA –- Robert Carpick, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Penn Director, Nanotechnology Institute, has been named a Penn Fellow by Provost Ronald Daniels and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Vincent Price.  Appointment to Penn Fellow allows for opportunities in leadership development and is provided to select Penn faculty members in mid-career. Fellowship includes opportunities to build networks across the university, meet with distinguished academic leaders, think strategically about university governance, and participate in monthly dinners with prominent speakers from within Penn and beyond.

Carpick, an expert in nanotechnology, specializes in the study of tribology (friction) at the atomic or molecular scale. His research uses experimental techniques to explore friction’s nature and origins, and its connections to the structural, chemical, mechanical, vibrational, and electronic properties of materials. His lab has developed novel advanced scanning probe microsopy tools, used to investigate the fundamental nature of materials in contact, and he has done seminal work on nanoscale characterization of friction for many important materials, including ultra-thin organic films, solid single crystal and thin film surfaces, and polymeric materials.  Since September 2007, he has been Penn Director of the Nanotechnology Institute, a multi-institutional entity funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that advances commercial applications of nanotechnology through industry-university partnerships. For more information on Carpick and his research, please visit

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