Dr. Darrell G. Schlom seminar, 10th annual Amundson Lecture
Dr. Darrell G. Schlom, Tisch University Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, will deliver the 10th Annual Amundson Lecture, "From Understanding Solids to Creating Materials" on Thursday, January 18 at 1:25 p.m. in room B75 Amundson Hall.
The Amundson Lecture was established to honor the tenets of Professor Neal R. Amundson in scholarship and innovation in the fields of chemical engineering and materials science. Amundson, department head from 1949-1974, was a visionary leader who pioneered the application of mathematics in chemical engineering.
Ever wish you were sufficiently small that you could walk around inside of a crystal and tweak the bonds to see how the properties would change? Such access on the atomic scale would provide a playground to test our understanding of solids. If our knowledge of the rules, materials science rules in this case, is correct, we should be able to tweak a structure in ways that make it better. In this talk I will describe our efforts to use strain engineering, epitaxial stabilization, and interface engineering—all strengths of an atomic assembly method known as molecular-beam epitaxy—to tweak common vegetables in attempts to transmute them into gold.
Darrell Schlom is the Tisch University Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. He also holds an honorary affiliation as the first “Leibniz Chair” of the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ) in Berlin, Germany. After receiving a B.S. degree from Caltech and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, he was a post-doc at IBM’s research lab in Zurich, Switzerland. His research involves the heteroepitaxial growth and characterization of oxide thin films by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE), especially utilizing a “materials-by-design” approach to discover materials with properties superior to any known. His work has been recognized by the highest awards for materials discovery by five relevant societies: the MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society, the Frank Prize from the International Organization for Crystal Growth, the McGroddy Prize from the American Physical Society, the Thornton Memorial Award from the American Vacuum Society, and the John Bardeen Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, the American Vacuum Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.