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Tony Heinz is a Professor of Applied Physics and Photon Science at Stanford University and the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Heinz received a BS degree in Physics from Stanford University and a PhD degree, also in Physics, from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. Heinz was subsequently at the IBM Research Division in Yorktown Heights, NY until he joined Columbia University in 1995 as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics. At Columbia, he served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 2003 until 2007. He has also served as a Scientific Director of the Columbia Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) and of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). He was the President of the Optical Society of America in 2012. Heinz joined Stanford University in 2015, serving as the Director of the Chemical Sciences Division at SLAC from that time until 2019. He was been the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at SLAC, including the Material Science, Chemical Science, Computer Science, and the Applied Energy Divisions at SLAC.
Heinz's research has centered on the elucidation of the properties and dynamics of nanoscale materials through the application of a wide range of optical spectroscopies. His research on surfaces, interfaces, and nanoscale materials, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and other 2D materials, has been recognized by Optics Prize of the International Commission for Optics, a Research Award of the von Humboldt Foundation, the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, and the Isakson Prize of the American Physical Society.