Prize Recipient

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Darrell G. Schlom
Cornell University


"For pioneering the atomic-layer-by-layer synthesis of new metastable complex-oxide materials, and the discovery of resulting novel phenomena."


Darrell Schlom is the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. He also holds the honorary appointment of Leibniz Chair at the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung. 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 did postdoctoral research at IBM’s research lab in Zurich, Switzerland in the oxide superconductors and novel materials group before joining the faculty at Penn State in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he spent 16 years before moving to Cornell in 2008. His research involves the heteroepitaxial growth and characterization of oxide thin films by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy, especially utilizing a ‘materials-by-design’ approach to discover materials with properties superior to any known. Schlom received a Humboldt Research Award, the MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society, and the Frank Prize from the International Organization for Crystal Growth. 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.

Selection Committee:

David Awschalom (Chair), Mikhail Eremets ('20 Recipient), Vidya Madhavan, Ni Ni, Peter Schiffer