Harry Dorn, Ph.D.

Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Professor, Chemistry, College of Science at Virginia Tech

Professor of Radiology, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

A.C. Lilly Faculty Fellow of Nanoscience, Virginia Tech

For nearly 40 years, Harry Dorn has made pioneering developments in joining high-performance liquid chromatography with nuclear magnetic resonance to form a technique that has since become an important tool in the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields. His laboratory has also initiated a second research area involving electron paramagnetic resonance and dynamic nuclear polarization. This work has led to new approaches for next-generation magnetic resonance imaging instruments. In the early 1990s, the Dorn Laboratory began a new area of research involving the synthesis, separation, and functionalization of the newly discovered carbonaceous nanomaterials, nanotubes, fullerenes, and metal-encapsulated fullerenes, or endohedral metallofullerenes. More recently, the Dorn Laboratory reported a remotely new class of radiolabeled fullerenes.

Dorn received his doctorate in physical and organic chemistry from the University of California in 1974, at which time he joined the Virginia Tech team. In 1992, he received the IBM Research Division Award and in 2006 he received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence. He was honored to speak at the Naff Symposium, University of Kentucky in 2008. In 2009, Dorn presented the Plenary Lecture at the 37th Fullerene-Nanotube General Symposium in Tsukuba, Japan. In 2014, Dorn was reappointed the A.C. Lilly Faculty Fellow of Nanoscience at Virginia Tech.

In addition to his positions at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Dorn directs the Carbonaceous Nanomaterials Center at Virginia Tech.

For a more complete listing of Harry Dorn's publications, visit PubMed.

Education and Training

  • Colorado State University: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • University of California Davis: PhD, Physical and Organic Chemistry
  • University of California Santa Barbara: BS, Chemistry

Awards and Honors

  • A.C. Lilly Faculty Fellow of Nanoscience, Virginia Tech, 2013 and 2010
  • John Schug Research Award, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, 2007
  • Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech, 2006
  • Alumni Award for Research Excellence, Virginia Tech, 2006

Selected Publications

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