Arthur B. Ellis
NSF Award Recognition: NSF 2001 Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Research Contributions: Dr. Ellis's research has focused on the electro-optical properties of molecules, solids, and material interfaces, for which he has received several patents. The significance of his work had also been recognized through fellowships from the Exxon, Sloan, and Guggenheim Foundations and from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Ellis is a member of the editorial board of several American Chemical Society journals.

Educational Contributions: Dr. Ellis's work has inspired many instructional materials, including college and pre-college science textbooks, tool kits, an instructional CD-ROM, and a monograph, which have been distributed internationally. He has given hundreds of seminar and workshop presentations in the United States and abroad, including an American Chemical Society satellite television presentation. Dr. Ellis has served on the National Research Council's Committee on Undergraduate Science Education and has co-chaired a Gordon Conference on innovations in college chemistry teaching. His educational leadership has been further recognized with two national awards, the Chemical Manufacturers Award and the American Chemical Society's George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education.

Director's Award Project: Dr. Ellis's project seeks to create and disseminate instructional materials on nanoscale technology for use in the undergraduate science and engineering curriculum. He is developing a text, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments dealing with nanoparticles, nanoporous materials, and nonarchitectures. In support of this effort, he is also developing a pair of workshops: one for educators from various disciplines and another for publishers and textbook writers.

from NSF Event, November 8, 2001 Program