William A. Lanford

William A. Lanford

Professor of Physics
Department of Physics
Ion Beam Lab


Physics 110

BS Physics, University of Rochester (1966)

PhD Physics, University of Rochester (1972)

William Lanford

Work Experience: 

  • Postdoctoral Assistant Professor, Michigan State University (1971-1973) 

  • Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of Physics, Yale University (1973-1979) 

  • Joint appointment in Classics, University at Albany, SUNY (1998-2002) 

  • Professor, Associate Professor of Physics, University at Albany, SUNY (1979-present) 

Research Interests: 

William A Lanford’s research interests concentrate on the physics of materials including ion beam analysis, hydrogen in materials, use of copper for microelectronic metallization, ion beam modification of materials, effects of cosmic rays on electronic devices, physics analysis in art and archaeology, and novel application of ion beam analysis in atmospheric chemistry. 


Dr. Langford has published over 250 research papers in refereed journals — with 16 of these papers cited more than 100 times each — including major advances in understanding the chemistry of glass surfaces, methods of ion beam analysis, role of hydrogen in various thin-film materials, effects of cosmic rays on microelectronics. Four of these papers are published in Science or Nature. 

His other accomplishments and commitments include: 

  • Over 50 invited talks at national or international scientific meetings 

  • Six patents issued 

  • Two books (edited) 

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship 

  • Member of Board of Directors, University at Albany Foundation (2011-present) 

  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (1994, 1996, 1997) 

  • University of Helsinki, Finland, "Medal of the University" (2003) 

  • Nobel Committee for Physics and Chemistry of the Swedish Royal Academy, Guest Researcher 

  • President's Award for Excellence in Research 

  • Service on external review committees for Chalk River National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and University of Texas 


Dr. Langford earned continuous external research funding for his first 22 years at UAlbany. 

The UAlbany infrastructure grants he has received include: 

  • Grant to upgrade University at Albany Accelerator (US Army) 

  • Arranged gift from IBM of Tandem Accelerator to Albany 

  • Grant to advance undergraduate physics education at Albany (NSF, sole PI) 

  • Proposal to create Center for Advanced Technology at Albany (NYS Science and Technology Foundation, principal author and Director) 

  • Major Equipment Grant for High Resolution Spectrometer (NSF, sole PI) 


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