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Dr. Jim Hutchison joined the faculty at the University of Oregon (UO) in the fall of 1994. He is currently Professor of chemistry and the Director of the UO Materials Science Institute. Hutchison and his research group design and make new functional materials, including nanoparticles and nanostructured surfaces. His specific research interests include preparation and study of nanoscale materials, surface and polymers, for applications such as nanoelectronics, biocompatibility and environmental remediation. He played key roles in developing the UO's nation-leading program in "green" (environmentally-benign) organic chemistry and designing the Materials Science Institute Graduate Internship Program in Semiconductor Processing. He leads the UO's Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative. Before joining the faculty at the University of Oregon, he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Royce W. Murray at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where studied the surface and electro- chemistry of monolayers on gold films and nanoparticles. He received his PhD in 1991 at Stanford University under the direction of Dr. James P. Collman studying the binding and redox chemistry of hydrogen, oxygen and dinitrogen by specifically designed cofacial diporphyrin catalysts. His undergraduate degree, a B.S. in chemistry, was completed in 1986 at the University of Oregon. Hutchison is an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow and a Camille Dreyfus teacher-scholar. Other awards include an NSF-CAREER award, a Dreyfus New Faculty Award and the 2003 Oregon Academy of Science Outstanding Teacher of Science and Math in Higher Education. He is the author of over 65 refereed publications, three book chapters and a text book ("Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools and Laboratory Experiments", Brooks-Cole, 2003, co-authored with Ken Doxsee).