Derrick C. Mancini


Dr. Derrick C. Mancini received his BA in history and BS in engineering physics from Cornell University, his MS in physics and MS in materials science from University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his PhD in physics from Uppsala University. He is a leading researcher in nanotechnology, nanoscience, and synchrotron radiation, experienced in scientific project and facility management. Currently, he is Adjunct Professor of Physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He established a program for x-ray lithography at MAX-Lab in Lund University before going to work in 1995 as a physicist for the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to establish programs in deep x-ray lithography (LIGA), x-ray microtomography, and high-throughput x-ray microanalysis using synchrotron radiation. He was the Project Director for the design and construction of the $72M Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at ANL, completed September 2007, and thereafter was the Associate Division Director of the CNM and the leader of the Nanofabrication & Devices Group at the CNM. In 2010, he became the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of the APS and the Director of the APS Upgrade Project at ANL. He retired from ANL in 2014, and continues research and teaching at IIT and independent consulting. Current research interests are in the areas of x-ray optics, x-ray and atom interferometry, nanoscience, nanotechnology, hydrogels, simulations using molecular dynamics and finite element analysis, advanced micro- and nanofabrication techniques, and applications of synchrotron radiation to technological and medical challenges. Co-advisor for 6 PhD student theses. Coauthor of over 200 papers and 6 patents.