Richard J. Colton

Richard J. Colton is a supervisory research chemist and Head of the section on Advanced Surface Spectroscopy at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and 1976, respectively. He performed his graduate work under the direction of Professor J. W. Rabalais in the areas of ultraviolet and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In 1976, he was awarded a National Research Council Resident Research Associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory for a research proposal dealing with secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Dr. Colton joined the staff at NRL in 1977 and conducts basic and applied research in the area of surface chemistry. His research interests include surface and materials analysis by electron spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry, the study of surfaces and molecular adsorbates by scanning tunneling microscopy, the measurement of the nanomechanical properties of materials using atomic force microscopy, and the development of new sensor concepts using electron tunneling and force transducers. He has published over 125 technical papers included four book chapters and five patents. Dr. Colton is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Sigma Xi, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American Vacuum Society (AVS). He was the first chairman of the newly established AVS Division on Nanometer-scale Science and Technology in 1993, former chair of the AVS Applied Surface Science Division, and served on the AVS Board of Directors in 1992-93. Dr. Colton is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology and a former member of the editorial boards of Surface and Interface Analysis and Applied Surface Science. He is also the recipient of the 1992 Hillebrand Prize awarded by the Chemical Society of Washington and was elected as AVS Fellow in 1995.