Thursday evening reception and keynote address

Swapan Chattopadhyay Photo

"Beaming into the Heart of Matter and Life"

Swapan Chattopadhyay, Professor and Director of Accelerator Research at NIU, APS Fellow and Past-chair of the APS Division of Physics Beams

Swapan Chattopadhyay is internationally known for helping break new ground in the fields of accelerator and beam physics, having made significant contributions to the development of accelerators worldwide for particle physics, nuclear physics and materials science. He has directly contributed to the development of many accelerators around the world -- the Super Proton-Antiproton Synchrotron at CERN, the Advanced Light Source at Berkeley, the asymmetric-energy electron-positron collider PEP-II at Stanford, the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator facility (CEBAF) at Jefferson Lab and the Free-Electron Lasers at Jefferson and Daresbury Laboratories.

He currently holds a joint appointment between Northern Illinois University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) where he is a distinguished scientist, member of the director’s senior leadership team and director of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Fermilab and NIU.

Prior to joining NIU, Dr. Chattopadhyay served as the inaugural director of the Cockcroft Institute, a leading international center for research, design and development of particle accelerators in United Kingdom. He also served as the Sir John Douglas Cockcroft Chair of Physics at the universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster. Chattopadhyay has also served as the associate director of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, VA; founder and director of the Center for Beam Physics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Founding Director (CBP), Senior Scientist, Deputy for General Sciences and Professor in the Graduate School, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Physics (UK) and Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (UK) and a member of many international panels and committees, including the “International Committee for Future Accelerators” and the DESY Science Council. He had served as the Vice-Chair, Chair-elect, Chair and Past-Chair of the American Physical Society’s Division of Physics of Beams (2007–2011). He has mentored many scientists and engineers across the globe including Asia, North America and Europe.


Friday evening banquet and keynote address

George Crabtree Photo

“Next Generation Energy Storage”

George W. Crabtree, Senior Scientist, APS Fellow, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Associate Division Director in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory

In addition to his work at Argonne National Laboratory, George Crabtree has served as Chairman of the Division of Condensed Matter of the American Physical Society, as a Founding Editor of the scientific journal Physica C, as Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the National Magnet Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida, and as Editor of several review issues of Physica C devoted to superconductivity.

He has published more than 350 papers in leading scientific journals, has collected over 14,000 career citations, and has given approximately 100 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences. His research interests include materials science, sustainable energy, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, highly correlated electrons in metals. He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy's assessment of DOE's Applied Energy Programs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

Dr. Crabtree has received many accolades and awards for his research, most recently the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize in 2003 for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors. This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient. He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times. He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI's Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.