Darrell Schlom, Cornell University

Title: Thin-Film Alchemy
Session: Monday 5 October, 10:15


Guided by theory, unparalleled properties—those of hidden ground states—are being unleashed by customizing the structure and strain of oxide heterostructures at the atomic-layer level.  For example, materials that are not ferroelectric or ferromagnetic in their unstrained state can be transmuted into ferroelectrics, ferromagnets, or materials that are both at the same time.  Similarly, new tunable dielectrics with unparalleled performance have been created.  A new era for oxide nanomaterials is upon us: oxides by design.



Darrell Schlom is Professor of Industrial Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. At Cornell University he is heading the Schlom Research Group. After receiving a B.S. degree from Caltech, he did graduate work at Stanford University receiving an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. He was then a post-doc at IBM's research lab in Zurich, Switzerland in the oxide superconductors and novel materials group managed by Nobel Prize winners J. Georg Bednorz and K. Alex Müller. In 1992 he joined the faculty at Penn State in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he spent 16 years before joining the faculty at Cornell in 2008. Darrell has published over 400 papers and 8 patents resulting in an h-index of 62 and over 17,500 citations. He has received various awards including young investigator awards from ONR and NSF, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, and the MRS Medal. He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.

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