Waltham, Massachusetts on April 8th, 2010 at the Doubletree Guest Suites Boston/Waltham
Speaker and Institution Title
Andrea Centrone, Ph.D., Massachusetts Advanced use of vibrational spectroscopy for hydrogen storage
Institute of Technology
Issac Silvera, Ph.D., Harvard University
Nancy Klymko, Ph.D., IBM Microelectronics Raman spectroscopy as a tool for silicon strain characterization
Satyavolu Papa Rao, Ph.D., IBM Process Development and Characterization for Silicon-based Photovoltaic
Forrest Weesner, Ph.D., Thermo Fisher Vibrational spectroscopy applications for photovoltaic energy conversion
Breno Leite, Ph.D., Thermo Fisher Microanalysis of Micron - Sized Features in Solar Energy Conversion
Available Bios of Speakers:
Dr. Andrea Centrone received his Bachelor and PhD degrees in Materials Engineering
from Politecnico of Milan in the group of Professor Zerbi. He was the first Rocca
postdoctoral Fellow at MIT in Prefessor’s Stellacci group (Department of Materials
Science in Engineering). He is currently completing his second postdoctoral appointment
in Professor’s Hatton group also at MIT (Chemical Engineering).
He conducted basic research often relying on vibrational spectroscopy to characterize
and understand a variety of nanomaterials to improve their properties for different
applications like hydrogen storage, chemical separation, cancer treatment and polymorph
characterization. Dr. Centrone has more than 10 publications in international journals and
several submitted or in preparation.
• Cancer Research: interested in studying gold nanorods for cancer photothermal ablation. Interested in developing
an analytical tool for in vivo cancer detection, imaging and treatment, based on Surface Raman Enhanced
• Nanoparticles: Interested in studying molecules adsorbed on metal nanoparticles to obtain the desired solubility,
biocompatibility and SERS properties.
• Metal-Organic Frameworks: Interested in developing new nanoporous materials (Metal-Organic Frameworks, MOF)
to achieve the separation of specific chemicals mixtures. Interested in developing MOFs for hydrogen storage and
carbon dioxide sequestration. Interested in studying MOFs multifunctional properties (i.e. magnetic properties).
• Vibrational Spectroscopy: Interested in applying spectroscopic techniques (IR, Raman, SERS) to understand
nanomaterials and to develop their applications
Isaac F. Silvera
B.A., Physics (1959), University of California, Berkeley, California
Ph.D., Physics (1965), University of California, Berkeley, California, "Far Infrared Studies of Canted Antiferromagnetic
1965-1966, Franco-American Postdoctoral Fellow (Professor L. Néel and M.E. Pauthenet), Lab. d'Electrostatique et de
Physique du Metal, Grenoble, France.
Present Affiliation (since 1982): Professor of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Thomas D. Cabot
Professor of the Natural Sciences (since 1988).
1989-1990, Foreign Professor, College de France.
1971-1982, Chair of Experimental Physics, University of Amsterdam.
1966-1971, Member of the Technical Staff, North American Rockwell Science Center, Thousand Oaks, California.
Publications: About 300 publications on the subjects of solid molecular hydrogen, high pressure on solids, very low
temperature studies of spin polarized atomic hydrogen, helium, and Bose Einstein Condensation.
Nancy Klymko joined IBM in 1981 after earning her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. She has spent
most of her career with IBM Microelectronics Division in East Fishkill, where she is Senior Technical Staff Member and
group leader in the Technology Analysis organization. Her group is responsible for baseline characterization of new
materials for microelectronics development, as well as problem-solving and failure analysis of process and materials
problems in semiconductor manufacturing. Nancy has co-authored numerous conference and journal publications, and
has five patents.
Satyavolu S. Papa Rao ("Pops", or "Papa Rao") is currently a Research Staff Member at IBM TJ Watson Research
Center at Yorktown Heights, NY, working on developing novel processes and process integration for silicon-based
photovoltaic devices. He is also involved in research on chemical mechanical planarization for advanced CMOS technology
nodes. Prior to joining IBM in 2007, he was with Texas Instruments, Dallas where he was recognized by his peers as a
Member, Group Technical Staff, for his contributions to metallization process development and yield enhancement at TI in
memory and logic devices. Papa Rao obtained his Ph.D. in 1996 from MIT, in Materials Science and Engineering - with
thesis work on solid-liquid interface control during single-crystal growth of Ge in a vertical Bridgman configuration . He
has co-authored 21 conference publications and has over 25 US and international patents issued.
Dr. Forrest Weesner is currently the Research Product Specialist with Thermo Fisher
Scientific’s FTIR Spectroscopy product development and marketing group. The research
products segment includes FTIR microscopes and and step-scan FT-IR spectrometers. Forrest
has also held applications and product management positions at Thermo over his 15 year
tenure with the company. He received his BS at Nebraska Wesleyan University and his MS and
PhD degrees form University of Wisconsin-Madison. Forrest was a postdoctoral associate at Los
Alamos National Laboratory and has additional experience in environmental chemistry
consulting and design of environmental monitoring instrumentation.
Pos Doc – Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1998-
PhD – Purdue University, USA 1988 - 1992
MSc - State Univ. of Campinas, Brazil, 1983 - 1987
BS - State Univ. of Campinas, Brazil, 1980 – 1983
Microanalysis Applications Scientist – Thermo Scientific, USA, 2007 - Present
Associate Scientist - University of Florida, USA, 2001-2007
Assistant Director - Microscopy Center, University of Sao Paulo, 1998-2001.
Associate Professor (tenured) - Federal University of Paraná – UFPR, Brazil, 1992-1998.
General Interests: Geological and Metallurgical materials.
Special Interests: Use of Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy on non-traditional and biological materials. Please contact me
if you want to discuss possible applications.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
• Leite, B. 2009. Analysis of Biological and Non-traditional EDS Samples: Case Studies. Midwest Microscopy and
Microanalysis Society. Baxter Corporate Headquarters
• Deerfield, IL.
• Leite, B. & P. C. Andersen, P. C. 2009. Localized accumulation of silicon (Si) in grape leaves affected by Pierce’s
disease. Microsc Microanal 15:918-19.
• Leite, B., Camus, P., & Rohde, D. 2008. Peak deconvolution of Ti-L and O-K in the presence of iron oxide. Thermo
Fisher Scientific Application Note 51734, Madison, WI, USA
• Leite, B., Andersen, P.C. & Ishida, M.L. 2004. Colony aggregation and biofilm formation in xylem chemistry-based
media for Xylella fastidiosa. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 230:283-290.
• Leite, B., Ishida, M. L., Alves, E.1, Carrer, H., Pascholati, S. F. & Elliot W. Kitajima. 2002. Genomics and X-ray
Microanalysis Indicate that Ca++ and thiol mediate the Xylella fastidiosa Aggregation and Adhesion. BJMBS 36:645-