Dr. John Carlisle graduated from Canyon High School in 1981. He then attended West Texas State University as a math major and did undergraduate research in chemistry. While at WTSU, he received several awards including the CRC Freshman Chemistry Award and the Odessa Cleavenger Mathematics Award.
John graduated with Bachelor"s Degrees in physics and mathematics with Academic Distinction and Highest Honors in 1986 from Texas A&M in Commerce. He was also selected as Outstanding Senior Physics Major that year. He then received a Master"s Degree in physics in 1988 and was named and received the Best Research Paper Award from the American Vacuum Society. In 1993 he completed his Doctoral Degree in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and revived the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award from the National Research Council later that year.
From 1993 to 1996 Dr. Carlisle was a postdoctoral research associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he conducted some of the fist experiments at the Advanced Light Source. From 1996 to 2000 Dr. Carlisle was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Virginia Commonwealth University where he did research on the electronic structure of nanomaterials. He is currently a research physicist at Argonne National Laboratory. He has published 87 research papers in international journals, given 43 invited lectures worldwide, and presented over 200 research papers at various conferences.
His current research is focused on nanocrystalline diamond thin films, nanocarbons, and functionalized carbon materials. He is working on supplications of these technologies for artificial retinas, biosensors, microelectromechanical systems, diamond electronics, and Research and Development Magazine for this research, and in 2004 co-founded Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. Dr. Carlisle and his wife Maura live in Plainfield, Illinois, with their two daughters, Sarah Marie and Elizabeth Ann.