A treasured colleague

July 15, 2020


Harvard honors Professor Roy Gordon's legacy with a new endowed title

By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy

Roy Gordon can no longer leave Harvard University. Though he will choose to retire and depart at some point in the future, when he does, his name will remain: On July 2, 2020, the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Dean of Science Chris Stubbes announced the establishment of a new endowed professorship, gifted in honor of Gordon: The Roy Gerald Gordon Professorship in Chemistry.... Read more about A treasured colleague

A captain for our planet

May 27, 2020

How Christina Chang shifted from cold showers to tech development in her quest for a more sustainable world. 

By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy

Christina Chang

As a kid, Christina Chang was already a mini-sustainability activist. She recycled and reused. She turned lights off in empty rooms. She screened  “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” at her school on Earth Day. And, for two years in high school, she showered sustainability-style, turning the water on just long enough to get wet, then lather up, and rinse off under a quick burst of cold water.

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Gordon and Aziz accept the 2019 Eni Award

October 15, 2019

Collaborators designed a new way to store massive amounts of energy.

Professor Roy Gordon

On Thursday, October 10, Roy Gordon and Michael Aziz received a 2019 Eni Award for Innovation in Energy during a ceremony held at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Italy. Every year since 2007, Eni, a transnational energy company operating in 67 countries around the world, awards three major prizes for research in the energy and environment sectors.... Read more about Gordon and Aziz accept the 2019 Eni Award

Solar Cell Research Funding from Harvard's CCSF

March 2, 2016

With funding from Harvard University's Climate Change Solutions Fund (CCSF), Professor Roy Gordon has received an award for research that will focus on lowering the costs of solar energy, developing thin-film technology by depositing vapors on ordinary window glass, using abundant and nontoxic materials.  Gordon Group member Robert Gustafson will be working on this project.

New Reagents For Atomic Layer Deposition

August 17, 2015

By Mitch Jacoby

Tailored ALD precursors form atomically thin layers of metals, dielectrics, and other compounds


One way to shrink the nanosized wires (cross sections shown here) that interconnect electronic circuit components is to replace the “thick” tantalum nitride-like film used today to encapsulate the copper core (left) with a thinner manganese silicate film made via ALD.

Making films one molecular layer at a time might seem like painstaking work limited to laboratories researching esoteric surface science.


But it’s not.

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