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February 6, 2006

NYU Professor Emeritus Martin Pope to Deliver CUNY-CAT Distinguished Lecture February 16 at CCNY

NEW YORK, February 6, 2006 – Dr. Martin Pope, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at New York University and former Director of NYU’s Radiation and Solid State Laboratory, will deliver the second lecture in a Distinguished Lecturer Series on Advances in Photonics at The City College of New York (CCNY) 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 16.  Dr. Pope, who graduated from CCNY in 1939, is celebrating his 50th year at NYU.

Dr. Pope will present a tutorial on “The Origins of Organic Semiconductors,” and describe the types and properties of organic compounds that are most relevant to organic semiconductors.  Dr. Robert R. Alfano, Director of CUNY-CAT and Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at The City College/CUNY, will introduce him.  The program will take place in the Main Lecture Room on the first floor of CCNY’s Steinman Hall, located at 140th Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan.

His lecture will offer a brief history of the little that was known on this subject almost 50 years ago and the experimental studies conducted in the ensuing years at NYU.  Major discoveries made there contributed to the development of copying machines, television sets, laptop computers, cell phones, photovoltaic devices, transistors and radio identification tags.

Professor Pope received his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the Polytechnic University of New York in 1950.  He served as Director of NYU’s Radiation and Solid State Laboratory from 1983-88.  An officer in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, Dr. Pope served as Associate Research Director of Balco Research Laboratory from 1950-56, when he joined NYU as Senior Research Scientist in the physics department.  He became Research Associate Professor in the physics department in 1960, and was named Associate Professor of Chemistry in 1965 and Professor of Chemistry in 1969.  He has been Professor Emeritus since 1988.

His achievements include the discovery of Dark Charge Injection into Organic Insulators; Photosensitized Charge Injection into Organic Insulators; the Photovoltaic Effect in Organic Crystals; Electroluminescence in Organic Crystals; and Two-Photon photoemission in Organic Crystals.  He also developed the Millikan-Pope Apparatus for Exciton Dynamics, and Photophoretic Spectroscopy of Small Particles, and he initiated the use of organic compounds as electrodes. 

Dr. Pope is the author of more than 100 papers and is co-author, with Charles E. Swenberg, of two books, Electronic Processes in Organic Crystals (Clarendon Press, 1982), and Electronic Processes in Organic Crystals and Polymers (Oxford University Press, 1999).  He holds four patents, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Chemical Society, among others.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series has been organized by CUNY-CAT in conjunction with the Photonics Initiative, a flagship emphasis program designated in the CUNY 2004-2008 Master Plan.  Companies and other organizations helping to sponsor the lecture series include Corning, Inc., Hamamatsu Corp., Lockheed Martin, Mediscience Technology Corp., Northrop Grumman, and the U.S. Navy Program Management Office for Shipboard Systems.


CUNY-CAT is one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology at leading universities in New York State that are designed to bolster New York’s economy through collaboration on applied research with state companies. It was recently re-designated by New York State’s Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) for a second decade, which includes a $10 million grant over ten years.  Dr. Alfano has headed CUNY-CAT since its inception in 1993.  The Center has pioneered in minimally or non-invasive optical techniques for cancer detection; optical detection of cracks and corrosion of paint on aircraft wings; bacteria and virus detection for Homeland Defense; and the Compact Photonic Explorer, a “photonics pill” in development that can perform remote diagnostics from inside the body and send information back to doctors.