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Keith Williams

Visiting Professor/Lecturer

Thornton Hall E-204
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400743
Charlottesville, VA 22904-1000

Phone: (434) 227-6122
FAX: (434) 924-8818

Office: Thornton E-204

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Dr. Williams received a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Penn State in 2001 in the area of nanomaterials physics. Following postdoctoral research in the area of molecular biophysics at the T.U. Delft in the Netherlands, Dr. Williams joined the UVa faculty in 2004. In 2010, he became a program manager and CTO for Leidos (f/k/a SAIC) at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., where he currently oversees several large R&D contracts in the areas of engineering, chemistry and materials science. Motivated to re-engage directly with students, Dr. Williams returned to teach at UVa in 2011 while continuing his work for Leidos at NRL. He currently teaches introductory engineering and other courses at UVa.

Courses Taught:

  • ECE 4140 : Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
  • ECE 5150 : Microelectronic Integrated Circuit Fabrication
  • ENGR 1620 : Introduction to Engineering
  • STS 2500: American Politics of Science
  • PHYS 1090 : Galileo & Einstein, History of Physics
  • PHYS 1610 : Calculus-based Physics, for majors
  • PHYS 582 / ECE 407 : Introduction to Nanophysics
  • PHYS 304 : Physics of the Human Body
  • PHYS 311 : Widely-Applied Physics - Energy Production & Storage
  • PHYS 142R : Calculus-Based Physics, for Rodman Scholars
  • PHYS 231 : Calculus-Based Physics
  • INST 263 : Intro. Traditional Black & White Photography
  • INST 287 : Local Foods: From Garden to Table

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials synthesis and devices
  • Hybrid bio/nano materials and devices
  • Materials and systems for energy storage
  • Advanced lithography
  • 3D printing
  • Experiential education for undergraduates
  • Entrepreneurship

Select Publications:

  • Jack Chan, Brian Burke, Michael Cabral, Chong Hu, Joe Campbell, Lloyd Harriott, and Keith A. Williams, “Tuning transport in carbon nanotube field-effect transistors by low-energy electron beam exposure and applied universal backgate” Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 22(33) 334212 (2010).
  • Tsz Wah (Jack) Chan , Brian Burke , Kenneth Evans , Keith Williams, Smitha Vasudevan, Mingguo Liu , Joe Campbell , Avik Ghosh, "Multiple-Trap Correlations in the Room-Temperature Random Telegraph Signal of a Carbon Nanotube Field-Effect Transistor" Physical Review B 80, 033402 (2009).
  • Brian G Burke, Timothy J Herlihy Jr, Andrew B Spisak and Keith A Williams, "Deep-UV Pattern generation in PMMA" Nanotechnology 19 215301 (2008).
  • K.A. Williams, Peter T.M. Veenhuizen, Beatriz G. de la Torre, Ramon Eritja, Cees Dekker, “Carbon nanotubes with DNA Recognition”, Nature 420(6917) 761 (2002).
  • K. A. Williams, B.K. Pradhan, P. C. Eklund, M. K. Kostov and M. W. Cole, “Raman Spectroscopic Investigation of H2, HD, and D2 Physisorption on Ropes of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88(16) 165502 (2002).