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Congratulations to Amanda for successfully defending her PhD dissertation. Great job!

12/2018 – Congratulations to Paul and Amanda who both had papers published in Physical Review B.


Congratulations to Zizhao and Yuchen for defending their MS theses. Zizhao will attend Texas A&M University to pursue a PhD; Yuchen will attend Penn State University to pursue a PhD.

05/2018 – Congratulations to Yizhou for successfully defending her M.S. thesis!

03/2018 – Steve gives an invited talk at the American Physical Society March meeting in Los Angeles.

01/2018 – Congratulations to Paul for publishing a detailed study of CaFeO3films in Physical Review Materials, revealing the role of bond disproportionation on the metal-insulator transition.  

11/2017 – We welcome Yishu Zhang to the group as a visiting undergraduate student from ShanghaiTech University in China. She will work on a collaborative project between the May group at Drexel and the Yang group at Shanghai Tech.

09/2017 – Congratulations to Amanda for publishing her work on tuning the metal-insulator transition in Ca1-xSrxMn7O12films in APL Materials.

09/2017 – We welcome Yu Zhou to the group as a visiting Ph.D. student from Shandong University in China. She will spend a year in the group working on MBE-growth and characterization of manganite/ferrite superlattices.

09/2017 – Paul and Jiayi present at the International Workshop for Oxide Electronics in Chicago.

06/2017 – Congratulations to Alex and Amber for defending their PhD dissertations! We wish them all the best as they start the next phase of their careers at Intel (Alex) and Micron (Amber).

06/2016 – Congratulations to Alex for having his work on charge ordering in (LaFeO3)/(SrFeO3) superlattices published in Advanced Electronic Materials. Congratulations to Amber for having her paper on octahedral rotation patterns in strained Pbnm-type films accepted in Physical Review B.

05/2016 – Double congratulations to Amanda for being awarded a Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Fellowship and for being accepted into the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering this summer at Argonne and Oak Ridge. For the SCGSR, she will work with Michael Fitzsimmons at Oak Ridge using neutrons to investigate magnetism in CaMn7O12-based heterostructures.

01/2016 – Recent work on the static and dynamic optical properties of La1-xSrxFeO3 in collaboration with Prof. Jason Baxter’s group has been published in Chemistry of Materials.

10/15 – We welcome Jiayi Wang, a new PhD student, to the group. Jiayi received his BS in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China.

10/2015 – Steve is the 2015 recipient of the Bradley Stoughton Award from ASM International. The award recognizes a teacher, under the age of 35, for educational contributions in materials science and engineering.

10/2015 – Work on CaMn7O12 by Amanda and collaborators from the Rappe and Taheri groups has been published in Applied Physics Letters.

05/2015 – Congratulations to Mark for successfully defending his PhD thesis on the optical properties of ferrites!

05/2015 – Congratulations to Amanda for passing her candidacy exam and Alex for completing his thesis proposal.

03/2015 – Congratulations to Amber for passing her thesis proposal and publishing her work on EuFeO3 in Crystal Growth and Design.

12/2014 – Congratulations to Cole for successfully defending his PhD thesis! He is the first doctoral graduate from the group.

12/2014 – Congratulations to Eun Ju, whose new paper on octahedral superstructures in manganite superlattices has been published in Nature Communications.

08/2014 – The group has two new papers out in Applied Physics Letters. The first reports on photoexcited carrier dynamics in LaFeO3; the second presents an electronic phase diagram of epitaxial La1-xSrxFeO3films.

07/2014 – The 2014 Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American Ceramic Society has been awarded to Steve and collaborators James Rondinelli and John Freeland. This award, presented for the most valuable contribution to ceramics literature in 2012, is in recognition of our 2012 MRS Bulletin paper.

07/2014 – Steve has coauthored a review article on Magnetic Oxide Heterostructures for the latest volume of Annual Review of Materials Research.

06/2014 – Rob’s paper on electronic transport behavior in La1/3Sr2/3FeO3 films has been published in Journal of Applied Physics.

06/2014 – Congratulations to Yujun “Terry” Xie for defending his MS thesis. Terry will attend Yale in the fall to pursue a PhD.

04/2014 – Eun Ju’s paper describing how coupling of octahedral behavior at the film/substrate interface influences the properties of ultrathin LSMO films has been published in Nano Letters.

03/2014 – Terry’s paper on low temperature oxidation/reduction of (La,Sr)FeO3-d films as a means to control electronic and optical properties has been published in Advanced Materials.

02/2014 – Eun Ju’s work on the synthesis of oxyfluoride perovskite films has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

11/2013 – Rebecca’s work on synchrotron measurements of charge disproportionation in La1/3Sr2/3FeO3films has been published in Applied Physics Letters.

09/2013 – We welcome Amanda Huon, a new PhD student, to the group. Amanda received her BS in Physics from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

06/2013 – Congratulations to Rob Devlin for defending his MS thesis. Rob will attend Harvard in the fall to pursue a PhD.

03/2013 – Eun Ju, Rebecca, and Rob present at the APS March meeting.

02/2013 – Mark’s work on controlling the optical properties of La1-xSrxFeO3 has been published in Applied Physics Letters.

11/2012 – Congratulations to Terry for being chosen to present his research at the 2013 National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University.

11/2012 – Rebecca, Cole, Mark and Steve present at the Fall 2012 MRS meeting.

09/2012 – We welcome Alex Krick, a new PhD student, to the group. Alex received his BS in Physics from Temple University, where he worked on superconducting films in Prof. Xiaoxing Xi’s group.

09/2012 – We welcome Amber Choquette, a new PhD student, to the group. Amber received her BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she worked on complex oxide films in Prof. Lane Martin’s group.

09/2012 – Congratulations to Erwin Fernandez for successfully defending his MS thesis (“Control of photoexcited carrier dynamics via A-site isovalent substitution in LaFeO3perovskite thin films”) obtained through the Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion program.

08/2012 – Congratulations to Mark Scafetta for successfully defending his thesis proposal.

06/2012 – We welcome Dr. Eun Ju Moon, who has joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher.

05/2012 – Cole has been selected to attend the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering this summer at Argonne and Oak Ridge.

03/2012 – Steve has received an ARO Young Investigator award to investigate novel electronic behavior in symmetry mismatched oxide heterostructures.

03/2012 – Steve has co-authored an invited review article on octahedral behavior in complex oxide heterostructures. The article, written with James Rondinelli and John Freeland, appears in the March 2012 issue of MRS Bulletin.

02/2012 – Steve has received a NSF CAREER award to investigate the relationship between atomic structure and electronic properties in complex oxide semiconductors.