Prize Recipient

Chris Palmstrom

Christopher J. Palmstrøm
University of California, Santa Barbara


"For innovative experimental research, lectures, and writing in the areas of dissimilar materials epitaxy, heterostructures and interfaces in thin films."


Chris Palmstrøm is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Materials Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his B.Sc. (1975) in Physics and Electronic Engineering and Ph.D. (1979) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds. After being Research Associate at Cornell, he joined Bellcore as a Member of Technical Staff in 1985. From 1994-2007 he was a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota and in 2004 became the Amundson Chair Professor. In 2007 he joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research has emphasized metallization of semiconductors, Heusler compounds, dissimilar materials epitaxial growth, thin film analysis, and molecular beam and chemical beam epitaxial growth of III-V semiconductor heterostructures, metallic compounds, metal oxides, multifunctional, magnetic, thermoelectric, and spintronic materials, and superconductors. His current research focuses on epitaxial growth of Quantum Materials including Heusler compounds and heterostructures and superconductor/III-V semiconductor heterostructures for Quantum Devices. In 2015 he received the North American MBE Innovator Award and was made a DOD National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow. He is a Fellow of AVS, APS, and MRS.

Selection Committee:

2018 Selection Committee Members: Michael Flatté (Chair) Amanda Petford-Long, Sam Bader, Heike Riel