materials and shows promise of being relevant to the 'conducting polymers,' novel plastics that can conduct electricity," said David K. Campbell, head of the department of physics. "More generally, we feel that his strong background in chemistry will greatly benefit our efforts to understand the properties of the whole class of 'novel electronic materials,' including the conducting polymers and high-temperature superconductors." A native of Scarborough, Tobago, West Indies, Phillips has been a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1984. Teaching: quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics. Education: BS (chemistry and mathematics), Walla Walla College; PhD (physical chemistry), University of Washington.