Willson, Grant Ph.D.

Rashid Engineering Regents Chair

Willson, Grant
Office: NHB 5.136A Mailing Address:
Phone: (512) 471-4342 The University of Texas at Austin
Fax: Department of Chemical Engineering
Email: willson@che.utexas.edu 200 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C0400
UT Mail: C0400 Austin, TX 78712-1589

Research Areas: Advanced Materials, Polymers & Nanotechnology,                                                       Modeling & Simulation and Process Engineering

Research Group Website

Presentation for Prospective Graduate Students

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (1973)
M.S., San Diego State University (1969)
B.S., University of California, Berkeley (1962)

Focus

Polymers, materials, and processes for microelectronics, photoresists, liquid crystals, computer simulation, mass transport studies, kinetics, graft polymerization, biosensor arrays, novel processes for producing nanometer scale structures

Research

Our research projects are chosen to provide students with an interesting, challenging, and important interdisciplinary problem that will produce new and useful knowledge. The projects are also designed to provide a framework in which graduate students learn to design and carry out experiments and to report the results of their work in written and oral form. We strive to provide students with the opportunity to participate in collaborations with other students and other institutions and to thereby gain research team work experience.

You are encouraged to visit our group web page. This page is the best source of detailed information about the research group and current projects.

Awards & Honors

ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry (2018)
Billy and Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award (2017)
Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award (2016)
SIA Researcher Award (2015)
Japan Prize (2013)
Inventor of the Year, The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
Fellow, Materials Research Society (2012)
Inaugural Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2009)
Gordon E. Moore Medal (2009)
National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2007)
SEMI North America Award (2007)
National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2007)
Elected SPIE Fellow (2007)
SEMI North America Award (2007)
TeaChE 2006 Teaching Excellence Award in Chemical Engineering (2006)
AIChE Arthur DeHon Award (2005)
AIChE Arthur DeHon Award (2005)
ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science (2005)
Fritz Zernike Award, SPIE 2005 (2005)
ACS Heroes in Chemistry Award (2005)
Fellow of the PMSE Division of ACS (2000)
National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemistry in Service to Society (1999)
Malcolm E. Pruitt Award (1999)
SRC Aristotle Award (1998)
SRC Technical Excellence Award (1996)
Alumnus of the Year, San Diego State University (1993)
ACS Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science (1993)
ACS Carothers Awards (1992)
Elected to National Academy of Engineering (1992)
ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (1991)
Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, FRG (1988)
A.D. Doolittle Award, PMSE Division of ACS (1986)
IBM Fellow (1985)

Selected Publications

  • Parak, Wolfgang J.;  Warren W. C. Chan, Manish Chhowalla, Omid Farokhzad, Sharon Glotzer, Yury Gogotsi, Paula T. Hammond, Mark C. Hersam, Ali Javey, Cherie R. Kagan, Kazunori Kataoka, Ali Khademhosseini, Nicholas A. Kotov, Shuit-Tong Lee, Young Hee Lee, Yan Li, Jill Millstone, Paul A. Mulvaney, Andre E. Nel, Peter J. Nordlander, Reginald M. Penner, Andrey L. Rogach, Raymond E. Schaak, Molly M. Stevens, Andrew T. S. Wee, C. Grant Willson, Paul S. Weiss “Helmuth Möhwald (1946–2018),” ACS Nano 12(4) 3053-3055 (2018).
  • Willson, C. Grant; Natsuko Ito, Gregory Blachut, Stephen Sirard, Yasunobu Someya, Jan Doise, Ryuta Mizuochi, Austin Lane, Geert Vandenberghe, Paulina Rincon-Delgadillo, XiaoMin Yang, Christopher Ellison “A progress report on DSA of high-chi silicon containing block co-polymers,” Proc. SPIE 10586, Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXV, 105860O (2018).
  • Blachut, Gregory; Stephen M. Sirard, Andrew Liang, Chris A. Mack, Michael J. Maher, Paulina A. Rincon-Delgadillo, Boon Teik Chan, Geert Mannaert, Geert Vandenberghe, C. Grant Willson, Christopher J. Ellison, Diane Hymes “Evolution of roughness during the pattern transfer of high-chi, 10nm half-pitch, silicon-containing block copolymer structures” Proc. SPIE 10589, Advanced Etch Technology for Nanopatterning VII, 1058907 (2018).
  • Daniel F. Sunday, Michael J. Maher, Adam F. Hannon, Christopher D. Liman, Summer Tein, Gregory Blachut, Yusuke Asano, Christopher J. Ellison, C. Grant Willson, and R. Joseph Kline “Characterizing the Interface Scaling of High χ Block Copolymers near the Order−Disorder Transition,” Macromolecules 51(1) 173-180 (2018).
  • Jeong, Jihoon; Ke Chen, Emily S. Walker, Nilabh Roy, Feng He, Philip Liu, C. Grant Willson, Michael Cullinan, Seth R. Bank & Yaguo Wang “In-plane Thermal Conductivity Measurement with Nanosecond Grating Imaging Technique,” Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering 22(2) 83-96 (2017).
  • Warren W. C. Chan, Omid Farokhzad, Sharon Glotzer, Yury Gogotsi, Jason H. Hafner, Paula T. Hammond, Mark C. Hersam, Ali Javey, Kazunori Kataoka, Ali Khademhosseini, Nicholas A. Kotov, Shuit-Tong Lee, Yan Li, Jill Millstone, Helmuth Mohwald, Paul C. Mulvaney, Andre E. Nel, Peter J. Nordlander, Wolfgang J. Parak, Reginald M. Penner, Andrey L. Rogach, Raymond E. Schaak, Molly M. Stevens, C. Grant Willson, Laura E. Fernandez, and Paul S. Weiss “A Big Year Ahead for Nano in 2018,” ACS Nano 11(12) 11755-11757 (2017).
  • Rebello, Nathan; Vaidyanathan Sethuraman, Gregory Blachut, Ellison, Christopher J., Willson, C. Grant, Ganesan, Venkat “Influence of topographically patterned angled guidelines on directed self-assembly of block copolymers,” Physical Review E 95(5) 052501 (2017).
  • Chan, Warren; Manish Chhowalla, Sharon Glotzer, Yury Gogotsi, Jason H. Hafner, Paula T. Hammond, Mark C. Hersam, Ali Javey, Cherie R. Kagan, C. Grant Willson “Our First and Next Decades at ACS Nano,” ACS Nano 11(8) 7553–7555 (2017).
  • Lane, Austin; Yang, Xiaomin; Maher, Michael; Blachut, Gregory; Asano, Yusuke; Someya, Yasunobu; Mallavarapu, Akhila; Sirard, Stephen; Ellison, Christopher; Willson, “Directed Self-Assembly and Pattern Transfer of 5 nm Block Copolymer Lamellae,” ACS Nano 11(8) 7656-7665 (2017).
  • Ellison, Christopher J; C. Grant Willson, Dustin Janes, Gregory Blachut, Yasunobu Soymeya, Paulina A. Rincon Delgadillo, Geert Vandenberghe, Arjun Si “High-χ, Si-Containing Block Copolymers and Process Strategies for Directing Their Self-Assembly,” Journal of Photopolymer Science and Technology 30(2) 187-190 (2017).
  • Meghali J. Chopra; Rahul Verma; Austin Lane; C. G. Willson; Roger T. Bonnecaze “A Method to Accelerate Creation of Plasma Etch Recipes using Physics and Bayesian Statistics,” Proc. SPIE 10149, Advanced Etch Technology for Nanopatterning VI, 101490X (March 21, 2017).
  • Wang, Xiaohan; Dolocan, Andrei; Chou, Harry; Tao, Li; Dick, Andrew; Akinwande, Deji; Willson, C. Grant “Direct Observation of Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) Removal from a Graphene Surface,” Chemistry of Materials, 29(5), 2033-2039 (2017).
  • Na, Seung Ryul; Xiaohan Wang, Richard D. Piner, Rui Huang, C. Grant Willson, and Kenneth M. Liechti “Cracking of polycrystalline graphene on copper under tension,” ACS Nano 10(10) 9616-9625 (2016).
  • Chan, Warren W. C.; Manish Chhowalla, Sharon Glotzer, Yury Gogotsi, Jason H. Hafner, Paula T. Hammond, Mark C. Hersam, Ali Javey, Cherie R. Kagan, Ali Khademhosseini, Nicholas A. Kotov, Shuit-Tong Lee, Yan Li, Helmuth Möhwald, Paul A. Mulvaney, Andre E. Nel, Peter J. Nordlander, Wolfgang J. Parak, Reginald M. Penner, Andrey L. Rogach, Raymond E. Schaak,
  • Molly M. Stevens, Andrew T. S. Wee, C. Grant Willson, Laura E. Fernandez, Paul S. Weiss
  • “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Impacting Diverse Fields of Science, Engineering, and Medicine,” ACS Nano 10(12) 10615-10617 (2016).
  • Michael J. Maher, Jeffrey L. Self, Pawer, Stasiak, Gregory Blachut, Christopher J. Ellison, Mark W. Matsen, Christopher M. Bates, and C. Grant Willson “Structure, Stability, and Reorganization of 0.5 L0 Topography in Block Copolymer Thin Films,” ACS Nano, 10 (11), 10152–10160 (2016).
  • Daniel F. Sunday, Michael Maher, Summer Tein, Matthew C. Carlson, Christopher J. Ellison, C. Grant Willson, and R. Joseph Kline “Quantifying the Interface Energy of Block Copolymer Top Coats,” ACS Macro Lett., 5 (12), 1306–1311 (2016).
  • Sunshine X. Zhou, Dustin W. Janes, Chae Bin Kim, C. Grant Willson, and Christopher J. Ellison “Designing Intrablock Attractions To Increase the χ Parameter of a Symmetric Diblock Copolymer,” Macromolecules, 49 (21), 8332–8340 (2016).
  • Gregory Blachut, Stephen M. Sirard, Michael J. Maher, Yusuke Asano, Yasunobu Someya, Austin P. Lane, William J. Durand, Christopher M. Bates, Andrew M. Dinhobl, Roel Gronheid, Diane Hymes, Christopher J. Ellison, and C. Grant Willson “A Hybrid Chemo-/Grapho-Epitaxial Alignment Strategy for Defect Reduction in Sub-10 nm Directed Self-Assembly of Silicon-Containing Block Copolymers,” Chem. Mater., 28 (24), 8951–8961 (2016).
  • Cherie R. Kagan, Laura E. Fernandez, Yury Gogotsi, Paula T. Hammond, Mark C. Hersam, André E. Nel, Reginald M. Penner, C. Grant Willson, and Paul S. Weiss “Nano Day: Celebrating the Next Decade of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,” ACS Nano, 10 (10), 9093–9103 (2016).
  • Dick, Andrew R.; William K. Bell, Brendan Luke, Erin Maines, Brennen Mueller, Brandon Rawlings, Paul A. Kohl, C. Grant Willson “High aspect ratio patterning of photosensitive polyimide with low thermal expansion coefficient and low dielectric constant,” J. Micro/Nanolith, 15(3), (July 26, 2016).
  • Yasunobu Someya, Yusuke Asano, Michael J. Maher, Gregory Blachut, Austin P. Lane, Stephen Sirard, Christopher J. Ellison, C. Grant Willson “Synthesis and Characterization of Si-containing Block Co-polymers with Resolution beyond 10 nm,” Journal of Photopolymer Science and Technology, 29(5), 701-704 (2016).
  • Seung Ryul Na; Xiaohan Wang, Richard D. Piner, Rui Huang, C. Grant Willson, and Kenneth M. Liechti “Cracking of Polycrystalline Graphene on Copper under Tension,” ACS Nano, 10 (10), 9616–9625 (2016).
  • Laurent Azarnouche, Stephen M. Sirard, William J. Durand, Gregory Blachut, Emir Gurer, Diane J. Hymes, Christopher J. Ellison, Carlton G. Willson and David B. Graves “Plasma and photon interactions with organosilicon polymers for directed self-assembly patterning applications,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol., B 34, 061602 (2016).
  • Hayes, Colin O., Peng-hao Chen, R. Paxton Thedford, Christopher J. Ellison, Guangbin Dong, and C. Grant Willson “Effect of Ring Functionalization on the Reaction Temperature of Benzocyclobutene Thermoset Polymers.” Macromolecules, 49 (10), 3706–3715 (2016).
  • Sirard, Stephen, Laurent Aza, William Durand, Michael Maher, Kazunori Mori, Gregory Blachut, Dustin Janes, Yusuke Asano, Yasunobu Someya, Diane Hymes, David Graves, Chris Ellison and Grant Willson “Plasma Etch of Block Copolymers for Lithography.” SPIE 15 April 2 (2016).
  • Tsai, Hsinyu, Hiroyuki Miyazoe, Ankit Vora, Teddie Magbitang, Noel Arellano, Chi-Chun Liu, Michael J. Maher, William J. Durand, Simon J. Dawes, James J. Bucchignano, Lynne Gignac, Daniel P. Sanders, Eric A. Joseph, Matthew E. Colburn, C. Grant Willson, Christopher J. Ellison, Michael A. Guillorn “High chi block copolymer DSA to improve pattern quality for FinFET device fabrication.” SPIE Advanced Lithography. International Society for Optics and Photonics 9779, March 25 (2016).
  • Stephen Sirard, Laurent Azarnouche, Emir Gurer, William Durand, Michael Maher, Kazunori Mori, Gregory Blachut, Dustin Janes, Yusuke Asano, Yasunobu Someya, Diane Hymes, David Graves, Christopher J. Ellison, C. Grant Willson “Interactions between plasma and block copolymers used in directed self-assembly patterning.” SPIE Advanced Lithography. International Society for Optics and Photonics (2016).
  • Austin P. Lane, Michael J. Maher, C. Grant Willson, and Christopher J. Ellison “Photopatterning of Block Copolymer Thin Films.” ACS Macro Letters 5(4) 460-465 (2016).
  • Maher, Michael J., Kazunori Mori, Stephen M. Sirard, Andrew M. Dinhobl, Christopher M. Bates, Emir Gurer, Gregory Blachut, Austin P. Lane, William J. Durand, Matthew C. Carlson, Jeffrey R. Strahan, Christopher J. Ellison, and C. Grant Willson “Pattern Transfer of Sub-10 nm Features via Tin-Containing Block Copolymers.” ACS Macro Letters 5(3) 391-395 (2016).
  • Sunday, Daniel, Maher, Michael, Blachut, Gregory, Asano, Yusuke, Tein, Summer, Willson, C. Grant, Ellison, Christopher, Kline, R. Joseph “Characterizing the interfaces of block copolymers with high chi.” APS Meeting Abstracts (March, 2016).
  • Wang, Xiaohan, Chou, Harry, Tao, Li, Dick, Andrew, Dolocan, Andrei, Akinwande, Deji, Willson, C. Grant “Direct observation of PMMA removal from graphene surface.” APS Meeting Abstracts (March, 2016).