EDUCATION
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, March, 1988
Research Director: Prof. James M. Lisy
Thesis: "Internal and External Vibrations of Weakly-Bound Molecular Complexes: Infrared Spectroscopy and Vibrational Analysis"  

Central College, Pella, Iowa
B.A. Chemistry, 1983. Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Honors Research Director: Prof. Louise M. Bleam.

 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1990-Present

Office of the President

  • Vice President: 2015-present.
  • Vice President and Secretary of the Corporation: 2011-2015.
  • Vice President for Institute Affairs and Secretary of the Corporation: 2006 - 2011.
  • Senior Advisor to the President: 2004 - 2006.
  • Special Assistant to the President and Chancellor: 2001 - 2004.

 

Office of the Chancellor

 

  • Special Assistant to the Chancellor: 2000 - 2001.
  • Associate Dean: 1999 - 2001.

 

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

 

  • Associate Professor of Electronic Materials: 1995 - 1998.
  • Assistant Professor of Electronic Materials: 1990 - 1995.
  • Carl Richard Soderberg Assistant Professor of Electronic Materials: 1991-1993: A research program featuring the fabrication and characterization of new electronic and photonic materials using novel gas-phase processing techniques was established. Emphasis was placed on the investigation of quantum confinement in semiconductor nanocrystallite ("quantum dot") systems.

 

AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1988-1990

 

  • Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff--Physical Chemistry.
  • Director: Dr. Mary L. Mandich.

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983-1988

 

  • Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry.
  • Director: Prof. James M. Lisy

 

Central College, Pella, Iowa, 1982-1983

 

  • Senior Honors Scholar.
  • Director: Prof. Louise M. Bleam.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

  • MIT Smith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Student Life (1997)
  • MIT Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1995)
  • NSF Young Investigator Award (1992-1997)
  • Rogers Adams Graduate Fellow
  • Conoco Graduate Fellow
  • University of Illinois Graduate Fellow

 

COMMISSIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PANELS

 

  • Trustee, Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts).
  • Commissioner, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • ABET Evaluator for Materials Science and Engineering programs.
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Academic Affairs Committee.

 

Publications

 

  • "Vibrational Predissociation Spectroscopy of (C2H4)2 and Ar-C2H4," W.-L. Liu, K. D. Kolenbrander, and J. M. Lisy, Chem. Phys. Lett. 112, 585 (1984).
  • "A New Design of the LiNbO3 Optical Parametric Oscillator," D. W. Michael, K. D. Kolenbrander, and J. M. Lisy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 57, 1210 (1986).
  • "Electrical Properties of Ammonia and the Structure of Ammonia Dimer," S.-Y. Liu, C. E. Dykstra, K. D. Kolenbrander, and J. M. Lisy, J. Chem. Phys. 85, 2077 (1986).
  • "The Assignment of Cluster Vibrational Predissociation Spectra by Mass Spectroscopic Detection: The Use of Isotopes," K. D. Kolenbrander and J. M. Lisy, J. Chem. Phys. 85, 6227 (1986).
  • "Vibrational Predissociation Spectroscopy of Binary HF-Base Complexes," K. D. Kolenbrander and J. M. Lisy, Journal of Chem. Phys. 85, 2463 (1986).
  • "Infrared Spectroscopy of Hydrogen-bonded and van der Waals Complexes," J. M. Lisy, K. D. Kolenbrander, and D. W. Michael, in Structure and Dynamics of Weakly Bound Molecular Complexes, Alfons Weber, ed., pp. 171-80, (D. Reidel, Boston, 1987).
  • "Torsional Vibrational Modes of (HF)3: IR-IR Double Resonance Spectroscopy and Electrical Interaction Theory," K. D. Kolenbrander, C. E. Dykstra, and J. M. Lisy, Journal of Chem. Phys. 88, 5995 (1988).
  • "Internal and External Vibrations of Weakly-Bound Molecular Complexes: Infrared Spectroscopy and Vibrational Analysis," K. D. Kolenbrander, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois (1988).
  • "Electronic and Chemical Properties of Small Silicon Clusters in Reactions with Silane," M. L. Mandich, W. D. Reents, Jr., and K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 7, 1295 (1989).
  • "Electronic Spectroscopy of Neutral Indium Phosphide Clusters," K. D. Kolenbrander and M. L. Mandich, J. Chem. Phys. 90, 5884 (1989).
  • "Sequential Clustering Reactions of SiD3+ with SiD4 and SiH3+ with SiH4: Another case of Arrested Growth of Hydrogenated Silicon Particles," M. L. Mandich, W. D. Reents, Jr., and K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Chem. Phys. 92, 537 (1990).
  • "Chemical Properties of Small Silicon Clusters," M. L. Mandich, W. D. Reents, Jr., and K. D. Kolenbrander, Pure and Appl. Chem. 62, 1653 (1990).
  • "Optical and Near-IR Spectroscopy of Neutral Indium Phosphide Clusters," K. D. Kolenbrander and M. L. Mandich, J. Chem. Phys. 92, 4759 (1990).
  • "Near-IR Absorption in Neutral Clusters of Indium Phosphide: Observation of an Optical Gap-like Feature at 1.3 - 1.5 eV," K. D. Kolenbrander and M. L. Mandich, Phys. Rev. Lett. 65, 2169 (1990).
  • "Spectroscopy of Neutral Semiconductor Clusters," M. L. Mandich and K. D. Kolenbrander, in Advances in Metal and Semiconductor Clusters, vol. 1, M. A. Duncan, ed., pp 211-40 (JAI Press Inc., London, 1993).
  • "Direct IR and Visible Absorption Spectroscopy of Stoichiometric and Nonstoichiometric Clusters of Indium Phosphide," K.-D. Rinnen, K. D. Kolenbrander, A. M. DeSantolo, and M. L. Mandich, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 4088 (1992).
  • "Synthesis and Processing of Silicon Nanocrystallites Using a Pulsed Laser Ablation Supersonic Expansion Method," E. Werwa, A. A. Seraphin, L. A. Chiu, Chuxin Zhou, and K. D. Kolenbrander, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 1821 (1994).
  • "Gas-Phase Synthesis and Processing of Silicon Nanocrystallites: Characterization by Photoluminescence Emission Spectroscopy," L. A. Chiu, A. A. Seraphin, and K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Elec. Mat. 23, 347 (1994).
  • "Photoluminescence Studies of Si Quantum Dot Thin Film Materials," L. A. Chiu, A. A. Seraphin, and K. D. Kolenbrander, in Growth, Processing, and Characterization of Semiconductor Heterostructures, (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 326) 281 (1994).
  • "The Enabling Role of Surface Passivation in Visible Photoluminescence from Si Nanoparticles", A. A. Seraphin, E. Werwa, L. A. Chiu, and K. D. Kolenbrander, in Interface Control of Electrical, Chemical, and Mechanical Properties, (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 318) 433 (1994).
  • "Synthesis and Processing of Nanocrystalline Ge:Si Materials", Shih-Tung Ngiam, Klavs F. Jensen, and K. D. Kolenbrander," in Growth, Processing, and Characterization of Semiconductor Heterostructures (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 326) 263 (1994).
  • "Synthesis of Ge Nanocrystals Embedded in a Si Host Matrix", Shih-Tung Ngiam, Klavs F. Jensen, and K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Appl. Phys. 76, 8201 (1994).
  • "A Silicon Solid-State LED: Long-Lived Visible Electroluminescence from Silicon Nanocrystallites", in Microphysics of Surfaces: Nanoscale Processing, (1995 OSA Technical Digest Series, 5, 83 (1995).
  • "Nonlinear Optical Properties of Silicon Nanocrystallites: Effects of Passivation," A. A. Seraphin, F. J. Aranda, E. Werwa, D. V. G. L. N. Rao, and K. D. Kolenbrander, in "Microcrystalline and Nanocrystalline Semiconductors," (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 358) (1995).
  • "Three-Dimensional Epitaxy: Thermodynamic Stability Range of Coherent Germanium Nanocrystallites in Silicon," S. Balasubramanian, G. Ceder, and K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Appl. Phys. 79, 4132 (1996).
  • "Silicon Nanocrystallite Electroluminescence: Solid-State Visible LED's from Silicon-Based Heterostructures", T. A. Burr, A. A. Seraphin, and K. D. Kolenbrander, Electrochemical Society Proceedings, 95-25, 324 (1996).
  • "Room Temperature Emissions from Erbium Nanoparticles Embedded in a Silicon Matrix", A. Thilderkvist, J. Michel, L. C. Kimerling, and K. D. Kolenbrander, (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 405) 265 (1996).
  • "Control of Silicon Nanocrystallite Luminescence Behavior Through Surface Treatments", A. A. Seraphin, S. T. Ngiam, and K. D. Kolenbrander, (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 405) 277 (1996).
  • "Three-Dimensional Epitaxy: Thermodynamic Stability Range of Coherent Germanium Nanocrystallites in a Silicon Host", S. Balasubramanian, G. Ceder, and K. D. Kolenbrander, (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 405) 133 (1996).
  • "Synthesis of Thin Films of Size Selected Silicon Nanocrystallites Using Pulsed Laser Ablation Supersonic Expansion", E. Werwa and K. D. Kolenbrander, (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 397) 381 (1996).
  • "Carrier Transport in Silicon Nanocrystallite-Based Multilayer Electroluminescent Devices", T. A. Burr and K. D. Kolenbrander, (Mater. Res. Soc. Proc., 405) 271 (1996).
  • "Light Emission from Silicon", L. C. Kimerling, K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Michel, and J. Palm, in Solid State Physics, vol. 50, H. Ehrenrich and F. Spaepen, eds., (Academic Press, San Diego), pp. 333-81 (1996).
  • "Surface Control of Luminescence in Silicon Nanoparticles," A. A. Seraphin, S.-T. Ngiam, and K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Appl. Phys. 80, 6439 (1996).
  • "Influence of Nanostructure Size on the Luminescence Behavior of Silicon Nanoparticle Thin Films," A. A. Seraphin, E. Werwa, and K. D. Kolenbrander, J. Materials Research, 12, 3386 (1997).
  • "Carrier Transport in Thin Films of Silicon Nanoparticles," T. A. Burr, A. A. Seraphin, E. Werwa, and K. D. Kolenbrander, Phys. Rev. B 56, 4818 (1997).