Timothy J. Bunning, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dynamic Optical Properties of Gold Nanoparticles/Cholesteric Liquid-Crystal Arrays
Novel combinations of stimuli-responsive liquid crystals with other materials like nanoparticles or polymers can be designed to collectively interact with light. Examples explored will include the use of photo-induced heating of metal nanoparticles to change the color of a helically arranged liquid-crystal film and the use of novel patterning to control image projection.
The MRS Communications Lecture Award recognizes excellence in the field of materials research through work published in MRS Communications. It honors the authors of an outstanding paper published in the journal during the award year.
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About Timothy J. Bunning
Timothy J. Bunning is the Chief Scientist of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He is a Fellow of AFRL, The Optical Society, the Materials Research Society, the Society of Optical Engineering, the American Physical Society (APS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division of ACS. Bunning's research interests center on responsive optical, electro-optical and photo-optical structured organic and hybrid materials and approaches for utility in optical sensing, laser-beam control and filtering (modulation) applications. He has co-authored hundreds of refereed papers, holds 18 patents, and has received the APS John H. Dillon Medal, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Arthur S. Flemming Award (2011), and the 2010 John L. McLucas Basic Science Air Force Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award.