Professor Seth Marder, from the Georgia Tech Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to the NAI, "Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society." Professor Marder is the first NAI fellow from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences. Marder is a member of STAMI's COPE, CRĀSI, and GTPN.
Professor Marder has over 450 publications and patents issued from his group's work at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Arizona, and the Georgia Insitute of Technology. He is best known for developing a detailed understanding of relationships between chemical structures and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of organic materials. His work has influenced how scientists think about the molecular basis of NLO responses and how chemists design optimal structures for NLO applications. NLO phenomena have important applications in high-speed data communications, advanced 3-D microfabrication technologies, protection of eyes and sensors from laser pulses, and generation of terahertz (THz) radiation for imaging applications, among other applications.
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