Yves Rubin received his diploma in chemistry in 1987 from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland with Professors Albert Gossauer and Alexander von Zelewski as thesis advisors. He received his Ph.D. degree at UCLA in 1991 under the guidance of Professor François Diederich. After working as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Ronald Breslow at Columbia University, he joined the faculty at UCLA in 1992.
The Rubin Group is advancing the chemistry of carbon-rich molecules, including graphene nanoribbons and fullerene derivatives. These novel π-systems are endowed with exciting and unusual physical properties that make them ideally suited for next generation nanocomputing devices. We have been at the forefront of research in these areas, notably achieving the first synthesis of graphene nanoribbons from molecular precursors using only heat and light as reagents. Our ultimate goal is to use this methodology to fabricate nanoprocessors within the field of molecular architectonics.
Honors & Awards
- UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Award
- UCLA Seaborg Award
- Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
- Ruzicka Prize (National Prize for a Young Swiss Chemist), 1997
- NSF Young Investigator Award (NYI), 1994
- Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, 1994
- UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, 1994
- Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, 1992
- Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1991-1992
- Saul Winstein Dissertation Award, 1990
- Products Research Corporation Research Award, 1989
- UCLA Departmental Teaching Assistant Award, 1989