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Frans Spaepen named interim director of Center for Nanoscale Systems

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Frans Spaepen, director of the Rowland Institute, will serve as interim director of Harvard University’s Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) starting July 1, upon completion of his term as interim dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

Spaepen, the John C. and Helen F. Franklin Professor in Applied Physics, will return to direct Harvard’s Rowland Institute after helping to guide CNS through changes suggested in a recent report by an external review committee, launching CNS toward its next stage of development. In his role at CNS, Spaepen will work closely with both Jeremy Bloxham, dean of science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and Cherry A. Murray, incoming dean of SEAS.

CNS, which for the past five years has been led by Charles Marcus, professor of physics and scientific director of the Center for Imaging and Mesoscale Structures, operates and maintains centralized scientific facilities for use by researchers at Harvard and beyond. CNS also provides training and assistance for the next generation of scientists. Development of new, advanced facilities for the imaging and fabrication of nanoscale structures is also a high priority for CNS.