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PNNL researcher wins prestigious surface science award

March 09, 2004 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Scott Chambers has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the E.W. Mueller award for outstanding research in surface science. He is being recognized for advancing the science of molecular beam epitaxy, and applying it to fundamental investigations of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of metal oxide films, surfaces, and interfaces.

Chambers, a Laboratory Fellow at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has 25 years of experience in the fields of surface science and electronic materials. He holds three patents, has more than 150 publications and is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. His current areas of research include the synthesis and properties of a new class of ferromagnetic oxide semiconductors that have potential in spintronics.

He earned a bachelor degree in chemistry/chemical physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1973 and a doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oregon State University in 1977.

Chambers will be recognized for this honor at a special reception at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in August where he will be presented a certificate of achievement and a prize of $5,000. Additionally, he will be giving a series of lectures on his work to a select audience of students, faculty, university administrators and industry representatives.

Previous winners of the Mueller award embody a very elite group of surface science researchers from around the world including Gerhardt Ertl, Gabor Somojai, Ted Madey, Harold Ibach, John Pendry and Ernst Bauer.

Tags: Fundamental Science, Chemistry

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