Dr. Alex Biris leads the research at the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, exploring the science of nanostructures that can be used to alter the properties of other substances at the atomic level. Through collaborations with private corporations, universities in the state and nation, and research institutes in the United States and abroad, Dr. Biris serves as Director and Chief Scientist to accelerate the development of applications of nanotechnology – which have the potential to revolutionize the way we manufacture the next generation of products. Key to Dr. Biris’ vision for CINS is its aggressive outreach program to train and educate young people and other world class scientists who will serve and attract business and industry to Arkansas from the region and the nation. Dr. Biris is also Professor at the Systems Engineering Department at the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology and is the Sturgis Endowed Chair for Excellence in NanoSciences. Before becoming faculty at UALR and during his work for CINS, Dr. Biris has collaborated in over 200 scholarly publications.
His areas of expertise include Nanotechnology, Raman Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction, Planetary Instrumentation (Mars Dust Analyzer), Particulate Science, Nanoparticle and Carbon Nanotube Generation, Nanomedicine, Nanocomposite Materials for Space Exploration, Surface Technology, Nano-Sensors and Bio Nano-Sensors, Materials Science and Engineering, Coating Technology, Hydrogen Interaction with Metals, Alloys, and Carbon Nanostructures etc.
2010 Arkansas Business 40 under 40 list of influential people in the state
2007 Outstanding Mentorship Award, Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
2005 Cyber College Spirit Award for the role in the formation of the UALR Nanotechnology Laboratory
2005 The Northrop Young Researcher of the Year Award
2004 Editorial Board Member of Particulate Science and Technology Journal
Over two hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals or presented at national/international conferences
Part of the team that designed and developed an electrodynamic screen for space exploration in collaboration with NASA (U.S. Patent granted). Over 15 scientific papers published in the area of electrostatic dust mitigation (removal from solar panels), characterization of Mars Dust Simulant properties by Raman Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction.
Led the Invention of a new method and technology for producing large quantities of carbon nanotubes with high purity (several U. S. patent applications pending)
Led the Design and development of carbon nanostructures based filters to efficiently remove bio-chemical contaminants from air and water (U. S. Patent application)
Helped Develop a unique tissue regeneration system that has been used successfully in 33 clinical studies to grow bone tissue. Several patents were filed with USPTO
Twenty two patent applications in nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology, and materials science areas.
Assisted in developing several research proposals which were submitted to NASA, DOE, NSF, DOD
Part of the organization committee of the first joint Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Electrostatic Society of America (IEEE/ESA) annual meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas
Member on the Editorial Board of Particulate Science and Technology: An International Journal
Serves on several committees: UALR Nanotechnology Steering Committee, UALR Nanotechnology Commercialization Committee.