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Lloyd Whitman

Lloyd Whitman joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology as the Deputy Director in April 2008. He received a B.S. in Physics from Brown University (with honors, magna cum laude), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Cornell University. After an NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at NIST, he joined the research staff at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). At NRL, Lloyd was most recently the Head of the Surface Nanoscience and Sensor Technology Section, a multidisciplinary research group working at the nexus of nanoscience, biotechnology, and microsystems. He led a diverse portfolio of research studying semiconductor, organic, and biomolecular nanostructures, their use in novel functional surfaces, and their integration into advanced sensor systems for national security applications. In addition to leading research at NRL, Lloyd served as a Science Advisor to the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense and Chemical Demilitarization Programs. In this capacity, he represented the Department of Defense on the National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology. Lloyd has over 140 publications and patent applications in the areas of nanoscience and sensor technology, and numerous media citations and awards, including the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.



  • Controlled and Efficient Hybridization Achieved with DNA Probes Immobilized Solely Through Preferential DNA-Substrate Interactions, S. M. Schreiner, D. F. Shudy, A. L. Hatch, A. Opdahl, L. J. Whitman, and D. Y. Petrovykh, Analytical Chemistry 82, 2803-2810 (2010).
  • Magnetic Labeling, Detection, and System Integration, C. R. Tamanaha, S.P. Mulvaney, J.C. Rife, and L.J. Whitman, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 24, 1-13 (2008).
  • Optically Mapping the Electronic Structure of Coupled Quantum Dots, M. Scheibner, M. Yakes, A. S. Bracker, I. V. Ponomarev, M. F. Doty, C. S. Hellberg, L. J. Whitman, T. L. Reinecke, and D. Gammon, Nature Physics 4, 291-295 (2008).
  • Site-Specific Chemistry of Ethylene on Si(114)-(2×1), D. E. Barlow, S. C. Erwin, A. R. Laracuente, J. N. Russell, Jr., and L. J. Whitman, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112, 3349-3357 (2008).
  • Direct Deposition of Continuous Metal Nanostructures by Thermal Dip-Pen Nanolithography, B. A. Nelson, W. P. King, A. R. Laracuente, P. E. Sheehan, and L. J. Whitman, Applied Physics Letters 88, 033104 (2006).
  • Detection Limits for Nanoscale Biosensors, P. E. Sheehan and L. J. Whitman, Nano Letters 5, 803-807 (2005).
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Deputy Director
Center Office


B.S. Physics - Brown University

M.S. Physics - Cornell University

Ph.D. Physics - Cornell University


Phone: 301-975-8002